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.
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.
|NOMINATING CLUB||MLB PLAYER|
|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|
|NOMINATING CLUB||HALL OF FAMER|
|Cleveland Indians||Bob Lemon|
|Cincinnati Reds||Johnny Bench|
|Kansas City Royals||George Brett|
|Miami Marlins||Andre Dawson|
|Minnesota Twins||Rod Carew|