Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bob Feller, 1918-2010

(Editor's Note: I just heard that Bob Feller, fireball Cleveland Indians pitcher and American hero, has died at the age of 92. It must not be in the cards for me to adjourn right now, because Bob Feller requires mentioning.)

We forget that baseball legends like Bob Feller who deserved and commanded our respect on the diamond also deserved and commanded our respect in this game we call life. His service to this country during World War II is, I would argue, even more important than his three no-hitters, his 2,581 strike-outs (the most by any pitcher for the Indians, all a part of why he was known as "Bullet Bob" and "The Heater from Van Meter"), and his 266 wins with the Indians (also the most for any Indian pitcher in the history of the franchise). Had he not interrupted his distinguished baseball career to serve for four years as a chief petty officer in the United States Navy, his numbers would surely have eclipsed some of the greatest in the history of the game. I think the Cleveland Plain Dealer's paper for today is further proof of Bob Feller's legacy and the respect he earned. Bob Feller will not be forgotten by those who love this country and love the game of baseball, just as he did.

Bob Feller may not have considered himself a hero, but in my eyes he is more than deserving of the title. And I suspect many a baseball fan will agree with me.
Robert "Bob" Feller

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