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"Rapid Robert" - Bob Feller
Right-handed Pitcher; Cleveland Indians 1936-1956

Bob FellerThe symbol of baseball excellence; Bob Feller became a legend in his time.  His rapid fastball was said "to be faster than anyone else in the history of  baseball."  Cleveland Indians' Manager Steve O'Neill remembered," Rapid Robert's" first appearance in Cleveland's old League Park.  Playing in an exhibition game versus the St. Louis Cardinals, O'Neill, a former catcher, decided to catch Feller personally and have him pitch the middle three innings. "The first batter was thrown out trying to bunt, Feller's other eight (8) outs were all strikeouts. "Cardinal hitter, Leo Durocher took two strikes and threw his bat on the grounds". Durocher roared "this kid looks at third base and stuffs the ball down your throat." In a major league start in 1936, Feller struck out 15 St. Louis Browns. Later that same year he got 17 strikeouts versus the Philadelphia Athletics, tying a major league record. In 1940, Bob Feller was 27-11, ERA of 2.61, including 4 shutouts and racked up four (4) saves. "Rapid Robert" Feller was rising to become one of baseballs' greatest pitchers.

Feller signs with VeeckView Bob Feller Legends (Page 2)

 


 



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