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Bob Feller

Inducted 1957
Pitcher 1936-1941, 1945-1956

"I just reared back and let 'em go,"

Arguably the greatest right-handed pitcher of all-time, the Van Meter, Ia. native joined the Indians as a 17 year-old in 1936 and played 18 years with the Tribe. Feller compiled a lifetime record of 266-162 with a 3.25 ERA. He is the Indians all-time leader in shutouts (46), innings pitched (3,827), wins (266) and strikeouts (2,581).

Feller appeared in eight All-Star games, more than any player in the history of the Indians and started the 1941 and 1946 All-Star games.

Feller won 20 or more games six times and won a career-best 27 games in 1940. Bob also led the league in strikeouts seven times, and in 1946 he won 26 games and struck out 348 in 271.1 innings. The 348 strikeouts are still a single-season team record.

"Rapid Robert" tossed three no-hitters in his career. Feller's first no-hitter came on April 16, 1940 in a 1-0 victory at Chicago in 30-degree weather; it remains as major league baseball's only Opening Day no-hitter.

Bob lost three years of his career serving in the military (1942-44). At age 22, Feller enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Alabama. He returned to baseball in 1945 and saw limited action.

Bob Feller's No. 19 was retired by the Indians in 1957, the first number retired by the club, and he was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1962. Bob passed away on December 15, 2010 at the age of 92.

  • POSITION: Pitcher
  • BATS: Right
  • THROWS: Right
  • HEIGHT: 6'0"
  • WEIGHT: 185
  • BORN: November 3, 1918 in Van Meter, IA
  • DEBUT: July 19, 1936
  • FINAL GAME: September 30, 1956
Indians Career Statistics
266 162 3.25 570 484 279 44 21 3827.0 3271 1557 1384 1764 2581 1.32