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Cleveland Memory Pays Tribute to Bob Feller (1918-2010)
by Vern Morrison, Digital Production Assistant , Michael Schwartz Library
If you ask any knowledgeable baseball fan to name the greatest player in Cleveland Indians history, you will always get the same response: Bob Feller. And rightly so.
Born in Van Meter, Iowa, Bob Feller made his major league debut on July 19, 1936 at the age of 17. His first starting assignment came on August 23 at League Park, against the St. Louis Browns. Feller went nine innings that day and struck out 15, as the Indians won 4-1. Later that same season, Feller went on to strike out 17 batters, thus becoming the first major league pitcher to strike out as many hitters in a game as his age. In 1938, Feller struck out 18 hitters in a game against the Detroit Tigers, setting the major league record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game. This record would not be surpassed until 31 years later.
Feller led the American League in pitching victories and strikeouts from1939 through 1941. In December of 1941, days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Feller enlisted in the U. S. Navy and volunteered for combat service. He served as gun captain aboard the USS Alabama until the end of World War II in 1945 and was decorated with five campaign ribbons and eight battle stars. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Feller went back to pitch for the Indians for the remainder of the 1945 season. In 1946, his first full season back in baseball, he again led the American League with 26 victories and a phenomenal 348 strikeouts.
Feller went on to pitch for the Indians through the 1956 season. He finished with career totals of 266 wins and 162 losses, and 2,581 strikeouts. He pitched three no-hitters, including one against the Chicago White Sox on Opening Day, 1940, and 12 one-hit games. He was selected as an All-Star eight times, and was the winning pitcher for the American League in the 1941 and 1946 games. In 1962, during his first year of eligibility, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Upon his retirement as a player, Feller kept living in the Greater Cleveland area, and worked in private industry as an insurance salesman and as a public relations specialist. He remained close to the Indians organization for the rest of his life, serving the club as a spring training pitching coach and a public relations spokesman. He would often don the Indians uniform for old-timers games and other events, and was fond of demonstrating his pitching ability for many years after his last big-league game. In June of 2009, at the age of 90, Feller pitched in the Baseball Hall of Fame Classic, an exhibition game at Cooperstown, New York.
During the last few months of his life, Feller suffered from various illnesses. He died of complications from leukemia on December 15, 2010, at the age of 92.
Bob Feller is immortalized in the form of a statue outside the gates of Progressive Field. More important, he left behind a permanent legacy as a pitcher, as a naval hero, and as an ambassador for baseball and for the Cleveland Indians. He will be remembered as long as the game of baseball is played.
As part of the archives of the Cleveland Press, the Cleveland Memory Project is proud to be able to present a collection of photographs of Bob Feller, featuring him throughout his life: as a child, as a member of the Indians, as a naval officer, and as a businessman. View these photographs.
Change in Library Hours
Due to the unexpected rescheduling of some finals, the Michael Schwartz Library will be open the following hours this week and next week:
Author Kelly Boyer Sagert to visit CSU for book discussion of Joe Jackson: A Biography
Friends of the Library Spring Book Discussions
Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, will lead the book discussions in this series.
The events are free and open to the public and begin at 3:00 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University
1860 East 22nd Street
by Chris Cleave
Feb. 23, 2011
From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers - one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. "...immensely readable and moving ...While the pretext of Little Bee initially seems contrived - two strangers, a British woman and a Nigerian girl, meet on a lonely African beach and become inextricably bound through the horror imprinted on their encounter - its impact is hardly shallow. Rather than focusing on postcolonial guilt or African angst, Cleave uses his emotionally charged narrative to challenge his readers' conceptions of civility, of ethical choice" --New York Times.
by Olga Grushin
March 30, 2011
Grushin's stunning debut drew praise that placed her in the top rank of young literary voices. Now she returns with that rarity: a second novel even more dazzling than her first. The line: the universal symbol of scarcity and bureaucracy that exists wherever petty officials are let loose to abuse their powers. The line begins to form on the rumor that a famous exiled composer is returning to Moscow to conduct his last symphony. Tickets will be limited. Nameless faces join the line, jostling for preferred position. But as time passes and the seasons change and the ticket kiosk remains shuttered, these anonymous souls take on individual shape. Unlikely friendships are forged, long-buried memories spring to life, and a year-long wait is rewarded with unexpected acts of kindness that ease the bleakness of harshly lived lives.
The Michael Schwartz Library will be CLOSED December 24, 2010 through January 2, 2011
All offices at the University will be CLOSED December 24th-January 2nd including the Michael Schwartz Library. We know that many of you will continue to need to do research or have a place to study so here are some options for whatever you may need:
Access to journals, ebooks, virtual reference desk, etc.
Visit us online at http://library.csuohio.edu/ for access to our Research Databases which will allow you to search 54,000 journals, some with full-text, browse over 90,000 e-books, or get access to dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographical sources, maps, quotations, statistics and much more at the Virtual Reference Desk.
If you have materials due during the time we are closed
Some materials, mostly OhioLINK books, may be due during the time we are closed. In order to avoid fines, you may renew materials online (if available), return materials to our book drop located on the plaza in front of Rhodes Tower, or return materials on January 3, 2011. Any materials that are returned after January 3rd, which have not been renewed, will accrue fines back to the date it was originally due.
Ordering OhioLINK books
OhioLINK materials can still be ordered here and picked up on campus, January 3rd. Don't want to wait? Use OhioLINK's pick-up anywhere service which allows you to have your materials sent to any of the over 80 OhioLINK institutions including Cuyahoga County Public Libraries (you may want to check with the institution you choose to verify their hours). To use pick-up anywhere, just change the Pickup Institution and Location when you are ordering your materials.
Looking for a place to study or access to more materials?
Check out Cleveland Public Library located on Superior Avenue between E. 3rd and E. 6th streets. Click here for Maps & Directions. CPL's main branch is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will be CLOSED December 24-26 and December 31-January 2nd. Looking for a library outside of downtown? Check out one of CPL's 30 branches or one of Cuyahoga County Public Library's branches
Extended Library Hours before Finals
In preparation for finals week, the Michael Schwartz Library will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday December 10, 2010 and Sunday December 12, 2010. Visit http://library.csuohio.edu/information/hours.html for more information on the Library’s hours.
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