The Lope: Baseball Legend Bob Feller Dead at 92

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Baseball Legend Bob Feller Dead at 92

Cleveland Indians legend, Baseball Hall of Famer, and decorated WWII hero Bob Feller passed away Wednesday of pneumonia related to leukemia.

I never met him, myself, not being a baseball fan. But my brother, Steve (above left), did, and brought Ace along. Steve is a film maker and was showing his film, The New Ball Game, at a 2005 meeting of baseball fans in Iowa when the photo above was taken.

A farm boy from Van Meter, Iowa, Feller credited his ability to throw his fast ball - "the Van Meter heater" - with the strength he gained milking cows, picking corn and baling hay. He left a successful career in baseball to enlist in the Navy the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.


Blogger Unknown said...

Bob Feller was a great American. I had the pleasure of meeting him myself here in Tucson Arizona. The Clevland Indians, had their spring training here for many years. So even after he retired he would come every spring. Old ballplayers never retire.

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