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Date of Birth 3 November 1918Van Meter, Iowa, USA
Date of Death 15 December 2010Cleveland, Ohio, USA  (myeloid leukemia)
Birth NameRobert William Andrew Feller
Nicknames Rapid Robert
The Heater from Van Meter
Bullet Bob
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bob Feller was born on November 3, 1918 in Van Meter, Iowa, USA as Robert William Andrew Feller. He was an actor, known for Signs of the Time (2008), The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998) and Pride Against Prejudice: The Larry Doby Story (2007). He was married to Anne Morris Gilliland and Virginia Winther. He died on December 15, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

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Anne Morris Gilliland (1 October 1974 - 15 December 2010) (his death)
Virginia Winther (16 January 1943 - 26 September 1971) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (25)

Pitcher for the Americal League's Cleveland Indians, 1936-1941 & 1945-1956.
Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
He pitched three no-hitters and twelve one-hitters.
A pioneer in the self-institutionalization of the athlete, Feller incorporated himself as Ro-Fel, Inc.
Baseball historians speculate that Feller would have won 350 games with 3,500 strikeouts had he not joined the military.
Bob Feller Museum [bobfellermuseum.org] opened in Van Meter, Iowa (10 June 1995)
Books: Strikeout Story; Little Black Book of Baseball Wisdom.
Children by Virginia Winther: Steven, Martin, Bruce.
In 1958, Feller told a Congressional committee that major league baseball was so badly managed at the executive level that the game should be subject to anti-trust laws.
Only pitcher to throw a no-hitter on Opening Day (16 April 1940)
Signed by scout Cy Slapnicka for $1 and an autographed baseball.
Upon being made General Manager of the Cleveland Indians, Cy Slapnicka transferred Feller's contract from Fargo-Moorehead to New Orleans to the majors without Feller so much as visiting either farm club, in clear violation of baseball rules. After a three-month investigation, Baseball Commissioner 'Kenesaw Mountain Landis' made it clear that he did not believe what Slapnicka and Cleveland Indians president Alva Bradley said, but awarded Feller to the Indians anyway, basing his decision partly on the testimony of Feller and his father, who wanted Bob to play for Cleveland.
Was chief of the gun crew of the USS Alabama during World War II.
When Feller retired in 1956, he held the dubious major league record for most walks in a career (1,764). He still holds the 20th century record for most walks in a season (208 in 1938).
With a 266-162 record, he is the most successful pitcher in Cleveland Indians history.
Cleveland Indians All-Time Games Started Leader (484).
Cleveland Indians All-Time Complete Games Leader (279).
Cleveland Indians All-Time Innings Pitched Leader (3,827).
Cleveland Indians All-Time Strikeout Leader (2,581).
Won 1940 American League Triple Crown. Led American League in ERA (2.61), Wins (27), Hits Allowed per 9 innings pitched (6.88), Strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (7.33), Games (43), Innings Pitched (320 1/3), Strikeouts (261), Games Started (37), Complete Games (31), Shutouts (4) and Batters Faced (1,304).
Named to 8 American League All Star Teams (1938-1941, 1946-1948 and 1950).
Member of 1948 World Series Champion Cleveland Indians team. Member of 1954 American League Champion Cleveland Indians team.
Made major league debut on 19 July 1936.
His fastball was clocked at almost 100 mph, earning him the nickname "Rapid Robert".
Inducted into the Greater Cleveland [Ohio] Sports Hall of Fame in 1976 (inaugural class).

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