Today in Tribe History: December 15, 2010

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 made four consecutive All-Star game appearances and was the league’s leader in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts in each of the last three seasons before departing for the war effort.

He pitched in a dozen seasons after returning from the war, amassing 159 of his 266 career wins while making four more All-Star appearances. Three more times he led the league in wins and strikeouts. He played his final games in 1956 and his performance 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).

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