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Bob Feller

Robert William Andrew Feller (Rapid Robert or Heater from Van Meter)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: November 3, 1918 in Van Meter, IA
High School: Van Meter HS (Van Meter, IA)
Signed
by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1936. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 19, 1936 (Age 17.259, 6,690th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1936 season [*]
Team: Indians 1936-1956

Last Game: September 30, 1956 (Age 37.332)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1962 (150/160 ballots).
   View Bob Feller Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: December 15, 2010 in Cleveland, OH
Buried: Gates Mills - North Cemetery, Gates Mills, OH
Relatives: Cousin of Hal Manders
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1936 CLE AL 17 P 14 8 5 62.0 5 0 5 0 0 1.000 0.73 0.36 .956 1.99 1.96
1937 CLE AL 18 P 26 19 9 148.2 29 0 27 2 1 .931 1.63 1.04 .954 2.05 2.01
1938 CLE AL 19 P 39 36 20 277.2 48 8 37 3 1 .938 1.46 1.15 .952 2.11 2.06 AS
1939 CLE AL 20 P 39 35 24 296.2 55 8 44 3 2 .945 1.58 1.33 .951 1.92 1.89 AS,MVP-3
1940 CLE AL 21 P 43 37 31 320.1 41 5 34 2 2 .951 1.10 0.91 .956 2.04 2.01 11 16 59% 2 AS,MVP-2
1941 CLE AL 22 P 44 40 28 343.0 63 12 50 1 1 .984 1.63 1.41 .960 2.14 2.11 14 5 26% 6 AS,MVP-3
1945 CLE AL 26 P 9 9 7 72.0 11 7 4 0 0 1.000 1.38 1.22 .955 2.24 2.23 3 0 0% 0
1946 CLE AL 27 P 48 42 36 371.1 61 13 47 1 2 .984 1.45 1.25 .951 2.01 1.99 3 0 0% 0 AS,MVP-6
1947 CLE AL 28 P 42 37 20 299.0 68 17 50 1 2 .985 2.02 1.60 .955 1.92 1.90 6 6 50% 50% 3 AS,MVP-8
1948 CLE AL 29 P 44 38 18 280.1 57 16 39 2 1 .965 1.77 1.25 .963 2.02 1.99 6 9 60% 48% 3 AS,MVP-23
1949 CLE AL 30 P 36 28 15 211.0 32 12 19 1 2 .969 1.32 0.86 .962 2.12 2.09 4 11 73% 46% 2
1950 CLE AL 31 P 35 34 16 247.0 31 8 23 0 2 1.000 1.13 0.89 .950 2.03 1.99 8 5 38% 1 AS
1951 CLE AL 32 P 33 32 16 249.2 40 6 32 2 2 .950 1.37 1.15 .953 2.07 2.06 8 4 33% 45% 0 MVP-5
1952 CLE AL 33 P 30 30 11 191.2 50 13 34 3 1 .940 2.21 1.57 .966 2.10 2.10 10 8 44% 46% 2
1953 CLE AL 34 P 25 25 10 175.2 41 10 31 0 5 1.000 2.10 1.64 .957 1.95 1.93 3 2 40% 51% 0
1954 CLE AL 35 P 19 19 9 140.0 22 7 15 0 2 1.000 1.41 1.16 .959 2.01 1.99 7 3 30% 48% 1
1955 CLE AL 36 P 25 11 2 83.0 16 2 11 3 2 .813 1.41 0.52 .956 2.00 1.97 1 8 89% 47% 0
1956 CLE AL 37 P 19 4 2 58.0 11 2 8 1 0 .909 1.55 0.53 .950 1.92 1.91 5 1 17% 44% 0
18 Seasons P 570 484 279 3827.0 681 146 510 25 28 .963 1.54 1.15 .956 2.04 2.01 89 78 47% 29% 20
18 Seasons TOT 570 484 279 3827.0 681 146 510 25 28 .963 1.54 1.15 .956 2.04 2.01 89 78 47% 29% 20
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1936 CLE AL 17 P
1937 CLE AL 18 P
1938 CLE AL 19 P
1939 CLE AL 20 P
1940 CLE AL 21 P
1941 CLE AL 22 P
1945 CLE AL 26 P
1946 CLE AL 27 P
1947 CLE AL 28 P
1948 CLE AL 29 P
1949 CLE AL 30 P
1950 CLE AL 31 P
1951 CLE AL 32 P
1952 CLE AL 33 P
1953 CLE AL 34 P
1954 CLE AL 35 P
1955 CLE AL 36 P
1956 CLE AL 37 P
18 Seasons P
18 Seasons TOT
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1936 CLE AL 17 14 8 14 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1937 CLE AL 18 26 19 26 26 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1938 CLE AL 19 39 36 39 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1939 CLE AL 20 39 35 39 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1940 CLE AL 21 43 37 43 43 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1941 CLE AL 22 44 40 44 44 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1945 CLE AL 26 9 9 9 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1946 CLE AL 27 48 42 48 48 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1947 CLE AL 28 42 37 42 42 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1948 CLE AL 29 44 38 44 44 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1949 CLE AL 30 36 28 36 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1950 CLE AL 31 35 34 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1951 CLE AL 32 33 32 33 33 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1952 CLE AL 33 30 30 30 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1953 CLE AL 34 25 25 25 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1954 CLE AL 35 19 19 19 19 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1955 CLE AL 36 25 11 25 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1956 CLE AL 37 19 4 19 19 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Seasons 570 484 570 570 570 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1940 CLE AL 21 1304 73% 18% 37 84% 2 5 0 4 33 26 2 2 1 1 0 1 2 1 2 0 8 75%
1941 CLE AL 22 1247 71% 21% 41 83% 0 9 2 7 39 28 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 7 86%
1945 CLE AL 26 90 74% 26% 2 50% 0 3 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1946 CLE AL 27 242 71% 21% 8 88% 0 3 1 2 6 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 50%
1947 CLE AL 28 1218 75% 23% 55 93% 2 17 1 13 51 41 3 1 0 1 0 1 2 2 2 0 9 100%
1948 CLE AL 29 1186 78% 21% 55 76% 0 17 1 14 42 35 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 7 100%
1949 CLE AL 30 889 81% 21% 22 86% 0 12 1 10 20 15 2 1 0 1 0 1 2 2 2 0 4 75%
1950 CLE AL 31 1055 81% 22% 29 90% 1 8 0 5 25 20 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 5 80%
1951 CLE AL 32 1061 81% 23% 39 77% 1 6 0 5 31 26 3 2 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 0 7 86%
1952 CLE AL 33 869 83% 23% 42 86% 0 13 2 8 35 29 1 3 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 12 92%
1953 CLE AL 34 722 84% 29% 33 91% 2 10 1 7 30 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 4 1 6 100%
1954 CLE AL 35 580 85% 23% 18 89% 0 7 2 4 15 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 3 33%
1955 CLE AL 36 340 86% 25% 13 85% 0 5 0 2 8 6 2 3 1 2 0 2 2 1 2 0 3 67%
1956 CLE AL 37 253 87% 25% 9 89% 0 2 1 1 7 6 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 100%
14 Seasons 11056 79% 22% 403 85% 8 117 12 85 343 272 22 17 2 9 6 9 22 13 20 2 75 85%
MLB Averages 82% 26% 90% 84%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1962 BBWAA (93.8%)
Selected to HOF in 1962 by BBWAA

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1939 AL (3, 46%)
1940 AL (2, 66%)
1941 AL (3, 52%)
1946 AL (6, 31%)
1947 AL (8, 17%)
1948 AL (23, 2%)
1951 AL (5, 35%)
2.49 Career Shares (55th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1940 AL  43 (1st)
1941 AL  44 (1st)
1946 AL  48 (1st)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1947 AL  17 (3rd)
1948 AL  16 (4th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1939 AL  44 (3rd)
1946 AL  47 (5th)
1947 AL  50 (3rd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1939 AL  3 (5th)
1952 AL  3 (5th)
1955 AL  3 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1947 AL  1.60 (5th)
1953 AL  1.64 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1950 AL  1.000 (1st)
1953 AL  1.000 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1956 AL  born 1918-11-03 (9th)

Youngest s c a p y
1936 AL  born 1918-11-03 (1st)
1937 AL  born 1918-11-03 (1st)
1938 AL  born 1918-11-03 (2nd)
1939 AL  born 1918-11-03 (8th)

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Name and misspellings: Rapid Robert Heater Robert from Van Rapid William Meter Van Bob Robert bobby Rapid from Heater Andrew Feller

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