Bob Feller returned to a Major League mound for the first time since 1941 and, judging by the results, it looked as though he never left as the 26-year-old allows just two runs on four hits with 12 strikeouts in a complete game victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Just how fast was Bob Feller’s fastball?
Really, it’s a question that’s been asked of any pitcher before, say, Nolan Ryan’s time. Radar guns didn’t start to be used to measure auto speeds until the late 1940s, and it wasn’t until the 1970s that that baseball coaches and managers started using them to clock pitches (largely because as is the case with any new technology, the cost was prohibitively expensive for private use initially).
So before then, people had to get creative to measure the speed of pitches. Walter Johnson threw a fastball that was timed around 97 mph against a speeding motorcycle in 1914. In 1940, Feller took a similar test, which measured around 104 mph.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes in four new members, including two with direct ties to the Cleveland Indians organization. Legendary pitcher Bob Feller and infielder Jackie Robinson, voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America, are joined by manager/coach Bill McKechnie and outfielder Edd Roush via selection by the Veteran’s Committee.