Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are elected to the Hall of Fame on their first ballot by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Feller spent 18 seasons in the Majors with the Cleveland Indians in a span of 21 years after spending three years of his prime in the United States Navy during World War II. “Rapid Robert” was a statistical leader year in and year out in a variety of pitching categories and was an eight-time All-Star while finishing in the top three of the Most Valuable Player voting at the ages of 20, 21, and 22. He won as many as 27 games in 1940 and threw 36 complete games in 371 1/3 innings while striking out 348 batters in 1946, all of which were career highs.
Feller finished his career with a 266-162 record and 2,581 strikeouts and remains the Indians’ leader in most key pitching metrics.