Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bob Feller Dies At 92

Bob Feller, the best Cleveland Indian pitcher of all time, passed away yesterday. Here is an excerpt from the AP...

CLEVELAND (AP) — Teenage pitching sensation, World War II hero, outspoken Hall of Famer and local sports treasure. Bob Feller was all of them. One of a kind, he was an American original. Blessed with a right arm that earned the Iowa farmboy the nickname "Rapid Robert" and made him one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, Feller, who left baseball in the prime of his career to fight for his country, died Wednesday night. He was 92.
Feller, who won 266 games in 18 seasons — all with the Indians — died at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday night of acute leukemia at a hospice, said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians vice president of public relations.
Remarkably fit until late in life, Feller had suffered serious health setbacks in recent months. He was diagnosed with leukemia in August, and while undergoing chemotherapy, he fainted and his heart briefly stopped. Eventually, he had pacemaker implanted. In November, he was hospitalized with pneumonia and recently released into hospice care. Even as his health deteriorated, Feller continued doing what he loved most — attending Indians games deep into last season.

His fastball was clocked with a motorcycle's (!) help at 100 MPH. Remember, those were the days before the radar gun. Rest in eternal peace, Rapid Robert. You will be missed.


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