Today in Tribe History: November 3, 1918
Bob Toth | On 03, Nov 2014
Hall of Fame pitcher and World War II veteran Bob Feller is born in Van Meter, Iowa.
Feller joined the Cleveland Indians as a 17-year-old after a successful high school pitching career. He debuted with the club in 1936, making six relief appearances before striking out 15 batters in a complete game win in his first professional start. He broke the American League record less than one month later by striking out 17 Philadelphia Athletics hitters in one outing.
Feller spent all 18 of his Major League seasons in an Indians uniform, amassing a 266-162 record with a 3.25 ERA and 3,271 strikeouts in a career shortened by his time with the U.S. Navy during the war. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962 with Jackie Robinson.