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Old 12-16-2010, 09:45 PM
Location: Vermont / NEK
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Really a nice post, ogre.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by square peg View Post
Really a nice post, ogre.
Plus one!
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:28 PM
Location: Sacramento
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Echoing a little on Ogre's posting, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Feller in the spring of 2003, while at Winter Haven, Florida for spring training.

Like he stated, Bob had a great presence about him. I read that he was listed at 6'0" tall when he played, and when I saw him, in his mid-80's, he didn't look like he lost any height at all. He still looked pretty athletic, didn't move around the ballpark like an old guy at all. Navigated the steps very well, didn't have that hesitant approach you often see with older guys.

I heard him talking baseball with Jim Hegan, an Indians announcer, and Marty Brennaman of the Reds broadcast team. He was bantering with them about the teams, and discussing pitchers at length. Didn't have much use for pitch counts from what I heard, and seemed to think that babying arms helped create (instead of prevent) injuries. At least this is what I picked up in eavesdropping on him for about 15-20 minutes.

A real hardnosed guy. A real throwback.
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:56 AM
Location: Philaburbia
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Here's a link to some great stories about Mr. Feller from the Plain Dealer:

Indians | Cleveland Indians - cleveland.com

A real hardnosed guy
He did have some, uh, choice words to say about the Pete Rose issue ...
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:03 AM
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Great opinions all here.

A good friend of mine lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa, not far from where Feller lived. He met him and introduced Bob to people who came into Tim's music shop and wanted to meet Feller. Bob was gracious giving his time and talked for hours about players he played with and against.

Given the last decade or two regarding the money factor with all pro sports these days, I have more and more respect for guys like Bob Feller, Ted Williams, Hank Greenberg, and so many other athletes who served their country during WW-II. He could easily picked up eighty to ninety wins during those years he served in the military.
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