Robert William Andrew Feller, nicknamed "The Heater from Van Meter", "Bullet Bob", "Rapid Robert", was an American baseball pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians. Feller pitched from 1936 to 1941 and from 1945 to 1956, interrupted by a four-year engagement in the United States Navy. In a career spanning 570 games, Feller pitched 3,827 innings and posted a win–loss record of 266–162, with 279 complete games, 44 shutouts, a 3.25 earned run average. A prodigy who bypassed baseball's minor leagues, Feller first played for the Indians at the age of 17, his career was interrupted by four years of military service in World War II, during which time he served as Chief Petty Officer aboard USS Alabama. Feller became the first pitcher to win 24 games in a season before the age of 21. During his career, he threw no-hitters in 1940, 1946, 1951. Feller recorded 12 one-hitters, he helped the Indians win a World Series title in 1948 and an American League-record 111 wins and the pennant in 1954.
Feller led the American League in strikeouts seven times. In 1946, he recorded 348 strikeouts, a total not exceeded for 19 years. An eight-time All-Star, Feller was ranked 36th on Sporting News's list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was named the publication's "greatest pitcher of his time", he was a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999. Baseball Hall of Fame member Ted Williams called Feller "the fastest and best pitcher I saw during my career." Hall of Famer Stan Musial believed he was "probably the greatest pitcher of our era." He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot appearance. He was elected the inaugural President of the Major League Baseball Players' Association and participated in barnstorm exhibition games which featured players from both the Major and Negro Leagues. Feller died at the age of 92 in 2010. Feller played as a shortstop or outfielder, emulating Rogers Hornsby's batting stance. From the age of 15, he began to pitch for the Oakviews.
His catcher during this period was Nile Kinnick, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1939 and became a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. A student at Van Meter High School, Feller was a starting pitcher for the school's baseball team. During this time, he continued to play on the Farmers Union team in the American Amateur Baseball Congress, had 19 wins and four losses for Farmers Union one season, he was the starting center for the high school basketball team. By the age of 16, Feller possessed. After the game, several big league clubs offered signing bonuses with their contract offers, but he had been signed to a professional contract with the Cleveland Indians. In 1936, Feller was signed by Cy Slapnicka, a scout for the Indians, for one dollar and an autographed baseball. While scouting Feller, Slapnicka said, "This was a kid pitcher. I knew, his fastball was fuzzy. I didn't know that he was smart and had the heart of a lion, but I knew that I was looking at an arm the likes of which you see only once in a lifetime."
Feller was assigned to the Fargo-Moorhead Twins and was to report there after finishing the high school semester. Slapnicka was named general manager of the Indians and transferred Feller's contract from Fargo-Moorhead to the New Orleans Pelicans, he was planning to add Feller, along with outfielder Tommy Henrich, to the major league roster after a few exhibition and semi-pro games, without either playing for a farm club. By doing so, the Indians would be in violation of Major League Baseball's rule stating that, at the time, only minor league teams could sign amateur baseball players to contracts. After a three-month investigation, concluding in December 1936, about whether the Indians broke any Major League Baseball rules by signing Feller, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis disagreed with the argument presented by Slapnicka and Indians president Alva Bradley, but awarded both Feller and Henrich free agency and required the club to pay a $7,500 fine, equivalent to $138,000 in 2019. Landis made the decision due to the testimony of Feller and his father, who wanted his son to play for Cleveland and who had told Landis he would take the issue to court.
Feller elected to remain with the Indians but Henrich joined the New York Yankees. Sports columnist Joe Williams wrote, "For $7500 the Cleveland Indians received $500,000 worth of publicity.... I feel pretty sure Mr. Alva Bradley, president of the Indians, will admit this is the cheapest investment he made in publicity."Feller joined the Indians and made his Major League debut on July 19, 1936 in a relief appearance against the Washington Senators. A month on August 23, Feller made his first career start against the St. Louis Browns. Indians manager Steve O'Neill had Denny Galehouse warmed up in the bullpen in case the 17-year-old Feller had early troubles, but he struck out all three batters he faced in the first inning, recorded 15 strikeouts in earning his first career win, his strikeout total was the highest for a pitching debut. Three weeks he struck out 17 batters, tying a single-game strikeout record set by Dizzy Dean, in a win over the
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