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Bob Feller offers an in-depth account of his career with the Cleveland Indians, comparing baseball of the past with the game today and discussing fellow players
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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.
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.
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