Baseball Hall of Famer Feller undergoing treatment for leukemia


The 91-year-old Bob Feller, nicknamed the “Heater from Van Meter” is the third oldest living member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, is being treated for leukemia.

He received 10 days of outpatient treatment at the Cleveland Clinic and missed the first five games of an Indians homestand.  But he was back at his usual seat in the Progressive Field press box on Sunday.

Feller said “I took about two quarts of blood.” My blood was down. I only had about half as much blood in my system as I’m supposed to have. But I am feeling better now.

Feller burst on the baseball scene in 1936 as a 17-year-old schoolboy from Iowa. He completely bypassed the minors and quickly made his mark on the major leagues. Some of his career highlights are discussed below.

Major Career Highlights

▪    Winningest pitcher in Cleveland Indians history (266 victories)

▪    Led league in wins six times (1939–41, 1946–47, 1951)

▪    Led league in ERA (1940)

▪    Led league in strikeouts seven times (1938–41, 1946–48)

▪    Led league in bases on balls twelve...


▪    Led league in hit batsmen six times

▪    Pitched three no-hitters, including the only Opening Day no-hitter.

▪    8-time All-Star (1938–41, 1946–48, 1950)

▪    Inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1962

▪    Only Chief Petty Officer in United States Navy history to be elected to a major sports Hall Of Fame.

In 1999, he ranked Number 36 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team

Bob Feller! You are the inspiration for millions and we wish you a great health and long life!



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