December 8, 2010

Hall of Famer Bob Feller in Hospice

According to team vice president of public relations, Cleveland Indians legend Bob Feller has been transferred from the Cleveland Clinic to hospice.

The 92 year-old Hall of Famer has been hit with a number of health problems after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in August.  Since then, he has suffered from pneumonia, thrush, vertigo and, in October, had a pacemaker installed.

Feller is the Indians all-time leader in wins, starts, complete games, innings pitched and strikeouts having spent his entire career (18 seasons) in Cleveland.  He also holds a number of single-season records for the Tribe.  The righty led the American League in strikeouts seven times and eight times, he was named to the All-Star team.

And yeah...feel free to add three no-hitters to those many pitching achievements.

"Rapid Robert" finished his career in 1956 with a 266-162 record and, without a doubt, would have reached 300, had he not taken time off to enlist in the Navy during World War II, where he served for three years. 

The Indians retired his Number 19 in 1957...he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame five years later.

Oh, and since you're here...why not watch a video of Feller throwing out the first pitch at an Indians Spring Training game from this past March.  I mean, what else do you have going on?




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