I never saw the man pitch, but Bob Feller's reputation indicated that he was one of the all-time greats. I looked at his number this morning and saw that he pitched for 18 years (at age 17 he was 5-3) and won 266 games. His numbers would have most certainly been better, but after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Feller enlisted in the Navy and missed 4 years.
Last week I heard that Feller wasn't doing so well. He had leukemia (something we shared - I am in remission for over 5 years), so his passing yesterday at age 92 wasn't a total surprise.
Here's to a man that brought so much joy to Cleveland Indian fans, and baseball fans in general.
Godspeed Bob Feller...
1. Bob Feller, Hall of Fame MLB pitcher and World War II hero, dies at 92. [New York Daily News]
2. The legend of Bob Feller began on an Iowa farm. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
3. RIP Bob Feller. [Sports Illustrated]
4. Baseball in Cleveland will never be the same without Bob Feller. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
5. Bob Feller: Hard and fast. [The Boston Globe]
6. Bob Feller: 'I wanted to join the fight against Hitler'. [The New York Times]
7. Bob Feller's life in pictures. [The Washington Post]
8. Most underrated right-handed starter: Bob Feller. [ESPN]