Bob Feller’s Baseball Career Statistics and Facts
In Military Service
- Named Baseball Writers’ Association of America for The Sporting News All-Star Major League Teams, 1939 – 40 – 41 – 46 – 47.
- Pitched first no-hitter on opening day at Comiskey Park against the Chicago White Sox, April 16, 1940
- Named by The Sporting News as the Number 1 Major League Player of the Year, 1940.
December 8, 1941-enlisted in the U.S. Navy, at the peak of his career, serving 44 months.
- Pitched second no-hitter against the New York Yankees, April 30, 1946
- Pitched third no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers, July 1, 1951
- Pitched 12 one-hit games
- Named by The Sporting News as Top Pitcher in the American League, 1951
- Named to the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1962.
- Robert William (Bob) Feller was born November 3, 1918, on a farm near Van Meter, Iowa.
- He played 4 years of American Legion baseball as well as amateur and semi-professional ball. He was the first American Legion graduate to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was signed to a Cleveland Indians contract by C.C. Slapnicka in July of 1935, when only 16 years old.
- During his first start in 1936, he struck out 15 St. Louis Browns; in a later games that same season, at age 17, he established a new American League record by fanning 17 Philadelphia Athletics.
- On October 2, 1938, he again established a new Major League record by striking out 18 Detroit Tigers in a single, nine-inning game.
- On opening day in Chicago 1940, Bob Feller pitched his first of 3 no-hitters, the only no-hitter pitched on opening day in Major League history.
- Two days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, at the peak of his career, he enlisted in the Navy – – and was discharged the latter part of 1945. During the 44 months he spent in the Navy, most of the time he was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Alabama in the gunnery department where he earned 8 Battle Stars.
- By the time he enlisted at age 22, Bob Feller had become the first pitcher in Major League history to win 20 or more games before the age of 21 and had 109 major league victories. This is by far the most victories ever recorded in major league by a 22 year old pitcher.
- In 1946, he set a major league record for the most strikeouts in one season – 348. He led the American League in strikeouts for 7 years. In April of that year he also pitched his second no-hitter against the New York Yankees in New York.
- He pitched his third no-hitter in 1951 against the Detroit Tigers in Cleveland. He had a total of 12 one-hit games during his career.
- He was voted Indian’s “Man of the Year” twice – played on 9 All-Star teams, including the Service All-Stars of 1942 – and participated in two World Series (1948 and 1954).
- Bob Feller led the American League in victories on 6 occasions during his career. Overall, he won 266 games while losing only 162. Only the four years spent in military service prevented him from winning more than 300 games, while compiling a total of 2,581 strikeouts. Those 4 years, in all probability, cost him at least 100 victories as well as establishing other pitching records which would have stood for decades.
- Bob Feller – – Cleveland Indian’s pitcher (1936 – 1956) – – was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in January of 1962 and was inducted into the Hall in July of the same year.
- In July of 1969, he was selected as the “Greatest Living Right-Hand Pitcher” as part of Professional Baseball’s Centennial Celebration.