All-time Cleveland Indians great Bob Feller is in a hospice care facility for the terminally ill, according to the Indians, who released a statement last night. Diagnosed last year with leukemia, Feller most recently entered the Cleveland Clinic due to pneumonia.
There were reports overnight that Feller had passed away, but the Morning Journal - a local newspaper - rescinded the story a bit later on.
In August, when he was diagnosed, Feller talked to the Plain Dealer about his illness, hoping for the best while keeping a realistic approach. "I'm just trying to be practical about it. It's curable -- but not always. Only time will tell. The prognosis is: So far, so good.''
The longest-tenured living member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, "Rapid Robert" is the Indians' all-time leader in victories with 266, innings pitched (3,827), strikeouts (2,581), complete games (279) and starts (484). He also threw three no-hitters.
Feller was inducted into the Hall in 1962 and his No.19 was retired in 1957.