Now Pitching, Bob Feller

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9780060973735: Now Pitching, Bob Feller

Bob Feller’s journey from an Iowa farm to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, began in 1936. That’s when the 17-year-old pitcher took the mound for the Cleveland Indians and struck out a scrappy shortstop and future Hall of Famer named Leo Durocher. The blistering speed of Feller’s fastball would soon earn him the nickname Rapid Robert,” as well as the respect of the top players in the game. For 18 years, Feller would remain among the game’s finest pitchers, facing down such fearsome hitters as Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, and Hank Greenberg, and amassing the remarkable record of 266 victories and 2,581 strikeouts. In all, Feller led the American League in strikeouts a remarkable seven times, including fanning 348 batters in 1946 and sharing the Major League record of 12 one-hitters. Even more impressive, he achieved these distinguished records despite missing almost four full seasons at his prime while serving in the US Navy during World War II.
In this classic baseball memoir, Bob Feller recounts his remarkable career, revealing the man behind the legend, and offering a perspective on the game that is both insightful and candid. Never one to hold his tongue, Feller presents a warts-and-all” discussion of the all-time greatest players and personalities and explains how television changed everything, and why free agency may be both the best and worst thing to happen to baseball. A must-read for any fan, Now Pitching, Bob Feller is the entertaining and enlightening story of one of baseball’s all-time greats.

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Bob Feller was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 in his first year of eligibility, earning approval on nearly 94 percent of ballots cast. He was the first pitcher to win 20 or more games in a season before the age of 21, had a lifetime .621 winning percentage, and is tied for third on the no-hitter list, with three. Feller passed away in 2010.
Bill Gilbert is the bestselling author of 20 books, including seven on baseball. Gilbert is a former reporter for the Washington Post.

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After so many recent sports autobiographies by also-rans, here is one by a baseball superstar, coauthored with freelancer Gilbert, and it is well worth reading. Iowa farm boy Feller broke into the major leagues in 1936 at age 17 with the Cleveland Indians, and went on to set all sorts of records for strikeouts, no-hit and one-hit games for the next 20 years. He emerges here as a levelheaded man, able to cope with his teenage celebrity and with the triumphs and tragedies that followed, chief among them his first wife's alcoholism and drug addiction and his inability to help her. Most interesting to fans are Feller's assessments of the players he considers the best: Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and pitcher Walter Johnson. Another intriguing sidelight is the depiction of his 50-year friendship with former Iowa sports announcer Ronald Reagan. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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