I am sure most baseball fans know that the legend, Bob Feller, died last night. Click on the link to the Cleveland Indians web site for more info.
I spent a lot of time in Cleveland myself and had the chance to meet Bob a couple of times. If you ever met him, you know how cool he was. He always looked, and acted about 30 year or more younger than he really was. He was tough.
He was also friendly and generous, yet not afraid to let you know his opinion.
I can't think of another player that would take time out of a pro career in baseball l to join the Navy during a war, and he served proudly during WWII.
If you are not familiar with Feller, read up on him. He is a baseball legend and an American hero. Again, unlike many other players, especially today, he spent his entire career with the Cleveland Indians. He was, in many ways, the ambassador of the team and the city.
One thing that I feel gets over looked at times concerning his career is how he was pushing for racial integration of baseball before many others.
Bob Feller did what he felt was right every time. There are no scandalous stories to plague his record. No rumors of drug use, betting, etc. to tarnish his legend. He was a great baseball player who gave it everything, and who always did what he thought was right. His career was never interrupted by a suspension, or by suspicion, only by service to his country.
Bob Feller had 92 years with us, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we were glad to have him.