HMA Public Relations had the chance to work with Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Bob Feller in 2007 when we were involved with the groundbreaking for the spring training home of the Cleveland Indians, the Goodyear Ballpark.
Feller came to the event and drove the tractor that served as the ground-breaking shovel. His introduction was front-loaded with information about his military career, followed by his baseball credentials, which are highlighted by his 266 career wins, 52 complete games, 44 shutouts, 2,581 strikeouts and three no-hitters – all as a Cleveland Indian. Without the three-year stint as a World War II pilot, one can only imagine what the numbers would have been.
But it didn’t matter. He’s been a baseball Hall of Famer since 1962!
We were told he could be gruff. We were cautioned that he really wasn’t a personable guy. We were warned that he was “old school,” -- maybe too old school.
But what we saw that day was a man who was proud to be an American, one who happened to have been one of the greatest pitchers of all-time.