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Cleveland’s official civic welcome to its returning baseball champions, a parade of open cars bearing team members and official from Union Terminal to University Circle along Euclid Avenue, will begin about 8:30 this morning.
This triumphant homecoming celebration will be …
October 3, 1948
Cleveland’s stick to the finish club—more than 1,000 jostling, noisy fans—tonight saw the Indians entrain for Boston and their playoff game for the American League pennant.
The Tribesmen entered the Union Terminal singly and in groups of …
By Ronnie Tellalian
A statue stands in a courtyard out in front of Gate C at Progressive Field in Cleveland. It depicts a hero that remained loyal to a much maligned city for 70 years. I don’t call him a hero because he was a Hall of Fame baseball player or because he was the greatest and most beloved Indians of all-time. I call him a hero because he was one. In 1941 Bob Feller was driving back from Iowa after visiting his terminally ill father. He was on his way to sign a new contract with the Cleveland Indians, when a news report came over the radio announcing the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Two days later, Feller became the first American professional athlete to enlist to fight in World War II. The military was willing to give him an exemption from combat due to his fathers ailing health, but Feller would not accept it.
“I told them I wanted to get into combat; wanted to do something besides standing around handing out balls and bats and making ball fields out of coral reefs,” Feller said.
There is only one player in Major League history to both play and coach for 20 plus years. He is also the only eligible player not in the Hall of Fame that played for 20 or more years with the same ball club. At the time he retired in 1947, he was the Indians all time leader in wins, games started, and innings pitched. I had the honor of meeting him at a fundraiser for my baseball team back in 1996. A man I didn’t know was escorted into the room in a wheelchair. He appeared frail and old, but he had strength and joy in his eyes. He was introduced to me as Indians legend Mel Harder.
Can one no-hitter be better than another? In the eyes of Indians legend Bob Feller, he believes so.
Feller threw his second of three no-hitters on April 30, 1946—exactly 67 years ago today.
His first of the three came on Opening Day 1940 against the Chicago White Sox, a game that Feller is quick to dismiss. His second, he says, is the one that deserves the attention.