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Bob Feller Hall of Famer

Bob Feller Hall of Famer - Bob Feller, the Cleveland Indians’ Hall of Fame righthander whose blazing fastball earned him the nickname “Rapid Robert’’ and made him the dominant pitcher in the Major Leagues during the late 1930s and much of the 1940s, died last night. He was 92.

Mr. Feller was diagnosed with leukemia in August and more recently was hospitalized with pneumonia before being moved to a Cleveland-area hospice, the Indians said on their website.

Ted Williams called Mr. Feller “the fastest and best pitcher I ever saw during my career. . . . He had the best fastball and curve I’ve ever seen.’’ Stan Musial called him “probably the greatest pitcher of our era.’’

Bob Feller Hall of Famer

Even with four years spent in military service during World War II, Mr. Feller pitched 18 seasons. His career won-lost record was 266-162, a winning percentage of .621. His career earned run average was 3.25.

Mr. Feller was the Nolan Ryan of his day, combining great speed with great durability and, at least early on, considerable wildness. He pitched 31 complete games and led the majors in strikeouts, with 263, in 1940. In 1946, he recorded 348 strikeouts. Overall, he led the league in strikeouts seven times and wins six times.

Bob Feller Hall of Famer


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