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Today in Tribe History: December 9, 1941

Today in Tribe History: December 9, 1941

| On 09, Dec 2014

Cleveland Indians star pitcher Bob Feller enlists in the Navy following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

The 23-year-old Feller is the first Major Leaguer to enlist in military service, despite having a deferment to avoid enlistment as the sole support for his family. He is coming off of his third straight 20-win season in 1941, when he led the league in wins, games pitched, starts, shutouts, strikeouts, and innings pitched while making his fourth straight All-Star team and finishing in the top third of the MVP voting for the third consecutive season.

Feller will miss almost four full seasons of his career, returning at the tail end of the 1945 season for nine games in August and September.