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Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

Sign our petition to have Feller recognized with Presidential Medal of Freedom!

Bob Feller

The Indians have launched a campaign to have Bob Feller recognized by the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The petition, available at the link below, needs 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States, given "for especially meritorious contribution to 1) the security or national interests of the United States, or 2) world peace, or 3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

Feller, of course, was the first baseball player to enlist in the U.S. Navy after the bombings of Pearl Harbor. He could have asked for a deferment, as his father had terminal cancer, but Feller insisted upon serving his country.

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In a first-of-its-kind unison linking the United States Navy and the professional baseball world, the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award was created in 2013 to recognize individuals for possessing the values, integrity and dedication to serving our country that Bob Feller himself displayed.

The award is presented annually to one professional baseball player, one Baseball Hall of Famer, and one US Navy Chief Petty Officer.

Peter Fertig created The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award with the support of the US Navy, the USS Alabama, The Cleveland Indians, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the gracious consent of Mrs. Anne Feller.

Bob Feller is widely recognized as one of the greatest pitchers to have ever played the game, yet few know he voluntarily enlisted in the military just days following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. He was decorated with six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars, while serving on missions in both the Pacific and the North Atlantic, earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
2015 Class of Nominees:
Arizona Diamondbacks Brad Ziegler
Baltimore Orioles Darren O'Day
Boston Red Sox Dustin Pedroia
Chicago White Sox Adam LaRoche
Cincinnati Reds Jay Bruce
Cleveland Indians Trevor Bauer
Kansas City Royals Wade Davis
Miami Marlins Steve Cishek (traded to St. Louis Cardinals 7/24/15)
Milwaukee Brewers Jonathan Lucroy
Minnesota Twins Brian Dozier
New York Mets Curtis Granderson
Oakland Athletics Sean Doolittle
Pittsburgh Pirates Charlie Morton
San Diego Padres Ian Kennedy
Washington Nationals Craig Stammen
Cleveland Indians Bob Lemon
Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench
Kansas City Royals George Brett
Miami Marlins Andre Dawson
Minnesota Twins Rod Carew
2014 Recipients
  • Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson (United States Navy)
  • Nick Swisher (Cleveland Indians)
  • Tommy Lasorda (Baseball Hall of Fame: 1997)
2013 Recipients
  • Chief Hospital Corpsman Garth Sinclair (United States Navy)
  • Justin Verlander (Detroit Tigers)
  • Lawrence "Yogi" Berra (Baseball Hall of Fame: 1972)