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Guardians fans celebrate the birth of a franchise legend

Fans watch during the eighth inning of Game 4 of the American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field on October 16, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Before Edwin Diaz, Aroldis Chapman, Jordan Hicks and Ryan Helsley, MLB had flamethrowers in almost every era.

Justin Verlander broke through in 2005-2006 throwing 100 mph, for example.

Before him were Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, Dwight Gooden, Steve Carlton and Roger Clemens.

The great Bob Feller of the Cleveland Guardians, however, was the most famous and celebrated pitcher of the 1940s and he was nowhere near it.

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He was born on this day, but 104 years ago.

“Born on this day in 1918: Bob Feller.🔥 2,581 SO, ⚾️ 266 Wins, ⚾️ 3 No-Hitters, 🇺🇸 Navy Petty Officer,” the Guardians’ official Twitter account wrote with a video.

a hero from cleveland

Feller played his entire career with Cleveland, then called up the Indians.

His MLB tenure began in 1936 and ended in 1956.

His fastball was a thing of beauty, and it helped him reach triple figures and compile a career 3.25 ERA in 3,827 innings.

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He won 266 games, pitched three no-hitters (including one on Opening Day), and struck out 2,581 batters, the third-highest mark at the time of his retirement.

It is important to note that his totals could have been much better, but his career was interrupted by four years of military service (1942-1945) as a US Navy chief petty officer aboard the USS Alabama during World War II.

Feller was a member of Cleveland’s team in the 1948 World Series, the last time they won it all.

He won the pitching Triple Crown in 1940 and has been a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame since 1962.

It can be argued that “Van Meter’s heater” is arguably the best pitcher in franchise history.

He died in 2010, but those who watched him pitch tell stories about him being the most dominant right-hander in the league at the time.

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