Thursday, December 16, 2010

RIP Bob Feller

Hall of Famer Bob Feller died last night at the age of 92. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob in 2005 at spring training, and he was quite a character. Watching him sign autographs was a study in patience and humanity. He took time to talk to and make an impression on each and every person in line, including my young son. It was a joy to witness and one of my great baseball memories.

He led an incredible life highlighted by a storied MLB career and heroism in World War II. It is hard to imagine an all-star baseball player walking away from the game at the peak of his career to enlist in the Navy.

Feller was a classic "one team player". He first put on the uniform of the Cleveland Indians in 1936 and continued to wear it proudly as late as this summer when he appeared at an old-timers game. He is the only professional athlete in Cleveland to be immortalized in a statute.

Rest in Peace Mr. Feller.


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