About the Bob Feller Museum
In 1990 a committee was formed in Van Meter, Iowa for the purpose of establishing a museum honoring Van Meter native Bob Feller.
Several fundraising projects were held including Feller being Grand Marshall of a local Fireman’s Kids Day in June and which was covered by CBS. Charles Kuralt interviewed Bob Feller that day and the interview was aired on the popular CBS show, Sunday Morning.
Ted Williams came to Iowa in 1993 to an Iowa Cubs (AAA) game held at Sec Taylor Stadium in Des Moines and a fundraising dinner was also held. These fundraisers were instrumental in developing the necessary resources to begin the museum and people such as Bill Knapp, Hal Manders and Tom Synhorst were instrumental in the fundraising efforts.
Quotes About Bob Feller
“Bob was that rare man, whose legend and feats were matched by his intellect, strength and substance. He was inspirational as a competitor and even more so as a man. I was privileged to have known him and each time I visited with him, he reinforced my passion for baseball and my appreciation of the Indians’ heritage.”
“We have all lost a friend and the nation has lost an icon. Bob was always there with a word of advice or a story of Baseball’s past. The thing is that they were always relevant and helpful. I will never forget before the first game of the ‘97 World Series, Bob came up to me and patted me on the back and told me how proud he was of me and the team, then gave me a buckeye and said it was for luck. I don’t think that Bob ever believed in luck, just hard work and an honest effort. I will miss Bob very much. He was my friend.”
“Ever since I joined the Indians organization, it was always an honor to talk baseball with such a legend. It is very sad to lose someone that was such a Cleveland icon. We also had a connection with the University of Connecticut and I enjoyed talking Huskies basketball with him on a regular basis. He was a presence that will surely be missed.”
“The Indians of the 40′s and 50′s were the face of the city of Cleveland and
Bob was the face of the Indians. But, Bob transcended more than that era. In this day of free agency and switching teams, Bob Feller remained loyal to the city and the team for over 70-years. You will likely not see that kind of mutual loyalty and admiration ever again.”