Quotes about Bob Feller

December 15, 2010

Mark Shapiro- Indians President

“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.”

Mike Hargrove- Indians Hall of Famer

“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.”

Charles Nagy- Indians Hall of Famer

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.

Mike Hegan- Indians Broadcaster and son of Feller’s battery mate 
and Tribe Great Jim Hegan

“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.”

Rick Manning- Indians Great and Broadcaster

“Since my days as a player in the early 70’s, over 20 Fantasy Camps and our Indians Cruises together, he was for me someone so special.  He took life to the fullest.  I don’t know anybody who got more out of life than Bob Feller, plus he was very privileged to spend over half of his life in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  I admired, loved him and was honored to call him my friend.  He will always be Cleveland and will always be Cleveland Indians. I will miss him as he is a piece of history.  When you mention greatest baseball players of all-time, he has to be mentioned.”

Tom Hamilton- Broadcaster and “Voice of Indians”

“Bob was a living legend, but more importantly, a true American Patriot.  Nothing was more important to Bob than this country and what it stands for.  Of all of his accomplishments, he was most proud of the fact that he served this country with honor during World War II.  But Bob always reminded us that he was no hero, the heroes were those that lost their life defending this country.  I was always amazed at his incredible recall when reminiscing about his career.  It was like you were back in time reliving those great moments.  I feel very blessed to have known Bob these last 21 years.  Bob was truly an iconic figure who always made you feel like a friend.”

Manny Acta- Indians Manager

“There has never been a great one with such an affiliation to his original franchise. When you think Cleveland Indians, you think Bob Feller and vice-versa. He was a genuine patriot and a big-time Hall of Famer.  Boy, he loved the Indians and we all loved him back.”

Dennis Lehman- Indians Executive Vice President of Business

“In the short time I have known the Feller’s, my wife Ginny and I have really felt a part of their family.  Many nights over the course of a summer, sitting with Bob and talking baseball, will always be a fond memory.  His love of our country and passion for the game, was without question.  His recall of people, places and situations, was like no one I have ever met.  Image, Bob having dinner with Joe DiMaggio and his wife Marilyn Monroe, and he could describe the meal conversation.

He was an amazing, engaging person, who was willing to share his thoughts and opinions to all and took the time to spend with so many of us in this community.

I will miss him very much.”

Bob DiBiasio- Indians Vice President of Public Relations

“Bob Feller loved the Cleveland Indians.  It is the ultimate American success story.  Consider how a five-ounce baseball provided an Iowa farm boy the opportunity to travel the world as he became perhaps the greatest ambassador baseball has ever known.  I had the privilege of working alongside him for more than 30 years and he taught me as much about the game of baseball as he did life.  I will miss his friendship.”

Scott Havick – Bob Feller Museum Manager

“We lost a great american, Mr. Feller was a person that loved his country and the fact he was an Iowan. When asked what was the greatest win in his career he would remark without hesitation “World War II”, We have been so lucky to share such memorable times and moments with Mr. Feller at the Bob Feller Museum. We will continue making Bob proud and honor his legacy in Van Meter.
I just wish we could hear “Welcome to the Wigwam” one more time.”