Cleveland icon and hero Bob Feller passes away at the age of 92.
“Rapid Robert” played 18 seasons in the Majors and would have played several more, but he sacrificed nearly four years of his playing career to serve the United States with the Navy beginning just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. At the time, he had put together four consecutive All-Star game nods and was the league’s season leader in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts in the last three.
He pitched in a dozen more seasons after returning from the war, amassing 159 of his 266 career wins while making four more All-Star appearances and three more times leading the league in wins and strikeouts. He played his final games in 1956 and his efforts on the field led to his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
He remains the franchise leader in wins (266), starts (484), innings pitched (3,827), total batters faced (16,180), complete games (279), and strikeouts (2,581) and is second in games pitched (570) and shutouts (44).