Originally posted on 60ft6in  |  Last updated 7/15/12
Did World War II save Bob Feller’s pitching career? At the conclusion of the 1941 campaign, the Cleveland Indians wunderkind, Bob Feller, had amassed a 107-54 record, 1448.33 IP, 1233 K, 815 BB, and 117 CG…. all before turning 23 years old! “The Heater from Van Meter” became the first MLB player to voluntarily enlist for combat service in WWII the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Not only was this a tremendous sign of patriotism but Feller also sacrificed nearly four years (1942-45) of his pitching career. Can you imagine the Washington Nationals allowing Stephen Strasburg to hurl 300 innings in 2012?  The right-hander is scheduled to throw approximately half of Feller’s 1940 total before shutting him down for the season. Following a successful nine start return in 1945, Feller completed a season for the ages.  In fact, 1946 was easily the best year of his HOF career.  The Cleveland Indians ace compiled a 26-15 record, 2.18 ERA, 371.33 IP, 348K, 36 CG, 10 SHO (all career bests...
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