Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bob Feller - 'Rapid Robert'

#19 Cleveland Indians
nicknamed "The Heater from Van Meter", "Bullet Bob", and "Rapid Robert"
November 3, 1918 – December 15, 2010 (aged 92)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right

Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0"

Weight: 185 lb.

Bob Feller grew up on a farm in Iowa, and in his spare time he loved playing baseball. His father built a baseball diamond on the farm that he named "Oak View Park", then recruited his son and others to play for a team he named The Oakviews.

Feller was signed at age 16, by scout Cy Slapnicka for $1 and an autographed baseball. What a steal. Known for his high leg kick, this All-star pitcher could bring the heat - throwing the fastball over 100 mph. Feller credited his arm strength and ball speed to milking cows, picking corn, and baling hay.

Career Highlights
- Winningest pitcher in Cleveland Indians history (266 victories)
- 8-time All star
- Inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1962
- Record:   266–162
- Strikeouts: 2,581

Bob Feller - Wikipedia 

Bob Feller Museum 

Bob Feller Stats and History 

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