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Bob Feller, Indians Pitching Great, Placed In Hospice Care

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Sad news from Cleveland late last night, where the Indians announced Bob Feller, a Hall-of-Fame inductee who spent all 18 seasons of his career with the Indians, has been placed in hospice care at the Cleveland Clinic. Originally admitted to the Cleveland Clinic due to pneumonia, Feller was later diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, for which he is currently receiving treatment, which includes chemotherapy.

"Rapid Robert" joined the Indians organization in 1936, at age 17, fresh out of high school in Iowa. He played six seasons with Cleveland before leaving to fight in World War II, and then returned for an additional 12 seasons. He received 93.8 percent of the Hall-of-Fame vote in 1962, his first year on the ballot, and ranks 37th on the career wins list, with 266. Incredibly, Feller led the American League in victories in six separate seasons. At the franchise level, Feller leads all Indians in victories, innings, strikeouts, complete games, and starts. In 1957, Cleveland retired his no. 19.

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