MLB Names Annual Award after Van Meter’s Bob Feller


March 29th, 2013 by Jim Field

CLEVELAND (AP) — Late Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller is being honored by Major League Baseball with an annual award named for him. The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award will be given each year to a major leaguer and Hall of Famer who displays good character, assists those less fortunate, supports U.S. servicemen and women and conducts himself with dignity on and off the field. Feller served in the Navy during World War II, interrupting his baseball career to enlist immediately after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Despite missing four seasons of play, the Van Meter native recorded 266 career victories and led the American League in wins six times and strikeouts seven times.