Cover image for Bob Feller : ace of the greatest generation
Bob Feller : ace of the greatest generation
Sickels, John.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Brasseys, [2004]

Physical Description:
xiii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Personal Subject:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
GV865.F4 S53 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

On Order



Baseball is woven into American culture and history to the point where myth and reality blend, making it difficult at best to distinguish between the two. Rarely is this more apparent than in the life and times of Bob Feller, one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game. From his childhood during the Great Depression in rural Iowa, Feller lived storybook experiences that seemed to foretell his unparalleled ascent to big league stardom. His father structured everything to help young Bob realize his potential as a baseball player, including building a farmland "field of dreams" expressly for young Bob's diamond education. But Feller's professional life in baseball was far from the near-mythic quality of his childhood. Feller became a controversial figure from the moment he signed his first professional contract. Battling with owners, the press, and fellow players, Feller alienated and charmed them by turns, reflecting the complex motivations of a man aware of his own prodigious talent and opportunities. Feller was both an unabashed patriot who enlisted in the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor and a remarkably successful businessman who organized lucrative winter barnstorming tours. His unquestioned position as one of the first players to advocate integrating the game was complicated by his combative relationship with Jackie Robinson. As a result, Feller's contribution to the game has been the subject of both positive and negative interpretation. John Sickels has produced the first balanced, historical portrait of this controversial player whose commitment and talent inspired his teammates and whose outspoken opinions just as frequently exasperated them.

Author Notes

John Sickels writes about minor league baseball for He is the author of the annual Baseball Prospect Book and seven editions of the Minor League Scouting Notebook. Sickels also holds a master's in European history from the University of Kansas. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1 From the Banks of the Raccoonp. 1
Chapter 2 Oak View and the Field of Dreamsp. 15
Chapter 3 Coming to Clevelandp. 29
Chapter 4 The Commissionerp. 47
Chapter 5 The $10,000 Boyp. 61
Chapter 6 The Drill Sergeantp. 75
Chapter 7 The Crybabiesp. 89
Chapter 8 Another Nice Guyp. 103
Chapter 9 Warp. 115
Chapter 10 Return to Gloryp. 131
Chapter 11 Storming into a New Erap. 149
Chapter 12 The Uneasy Crownp. 163
Chapter 13 The Highs and the Lowsp. 183
Chapter 14 The Twilight Gathersp. 205
Chapter 15 Duskp. 225
Chapter 16 Image and Legendp. 249
Chapter 17 Bob Feller Sabermetricsp. 265
Chapter 18 Myth, Truth, and the Manp. 273
Notesp. 281
Indexp. 293