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Bob Feller...A True Sports Hero

You may have heard in the news that former Cleveland Indians Pitcher Bob Feller died Wednesday at the age of 92. His story is one that is about much more than just baseball.

You may have heard in the news that former Cleveland Indians Pitcher Bob Feller died Wednesday at the age of 92. His story is one that is about much more than just baseball.

Feller is in the Baseball Hall of Fame after pitching 18 seasons for the Indians and winning 266 games. He was an MVP and an All-Star numerous times. But it is perhaps the years that he didn't pitch that are really noteworthy.

Feller enlisted in the Navy the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. He was the first major leaguer to volunteer for military service in World War II. And he did it in the prime of his career. Feller served our country for four years as a gun captain on the USS Alabama, earning numerous battle commendations and medals.

Feller returned to the Indians in 1946 and had a record of 26 and 15 that year...what some say was his best season. He was part of the Indians World Series team of 1948.

When we think of baseball legends and American heroes, Bob Feller is certainly on that list. He once said about his decision to enlist, "I did what any American could and should do: serve his country in its time of need."

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