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"R.I.P., "Rapid Robert" Feller"
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PepeLePew13 24731 desperate attention whore postings
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12-16-10, 01:15 AM (EST)
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"R.I.P., "Rapid Robert" Feller"
A pretty charmed life has come to an end at age 92 after a battle with leukemia. RIP, Bob Feller, one of the most genuine persons around who wasn't afraid to speak his mind.
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 RE: R.I.P., "Rapid Robert" Feller Estee 12-16-10 1
 RE: R.I.P., "Rapid Robert" Feller byoffer 12-16-10 2
   RE: R.I.P., "Rapid Robert" Feller PepeLePew13 12-17-10 4
 RE: R.I.P., "Rapid Robert" Feller Molaholic 12-17-10 3

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Estee 55195 desperate attention whore postings
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12-16-10, 09:47 AM (EST)
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1. "RE: R.I.P., "Rapid Robert" Feller"
Y'know, back in his day, real men didn't die of anything.
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2. "RE: R.I.P., "Rapid Robert" Feller"
as a 17-year-old <> he struck out 17 -- striking out his age.

I've heard of golfers shooting their age (a balance of staying good at golf while getting older) but striking out one's age in the majors will be very difficult to achieve.

Even phenom Stephen Strasburg got a max of 14 strikeouts in his first season - and he was age 22.

I certainly don't remember Rapid Rob, but certainly an interesting fellow to read about.
Seems this guy wouldn't want a lot of rest or peace.



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4. "RE: R.I.P., "Rapid Robert" Feller"
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>I've heard of golfers shooting their age (a balance of staying good at golf while getting older) but striking out one's age in the majors will be very difficult to achieve.

Indeed, it's been done only one other time - Kerry Wood struck out 20 at age 20 (check out the whiffle ball curve at 3:57) in arguably the greatest single-game performance in baseball history, a 2-0 win with 20K, no walks, no baserunners other than one infield hit off the 3B's glove - and this was against the top-hitting team in the bigs. I saw the second half of this game on TV and it was easily the most dominating performance I've ever seen, even moreso than either of Clemens' 20K games, both of which I saw parts of.

Even so, Bob Feller stood out because not only did he strike out a lot but he was consistently good for so long with only the 3.5 years of war-time service interrupting his great career. Think of how much more he would have accomplished if he didn't suddenly go off to war in his prime.

Still, I agree with Moley that he was heroic in being willing to give up his career just-like-that in order to go off to war even though all MLB players were exempted from the draft. That's what makes him even more special as a person after you look at all of the prima donnas that rule sports in today's world.

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3. "RE: R.I.P., "Rapid Robert" Feller"
Given the fact that he was the first MLBer to volunteer for military service after December 7th, and gave his country literally the best years of his career, the man was a hero (a title he constantly denied, more proof that he was indeed a hero).

Thank you, Robert. We are much the poorer now without you.

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