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Now pitching, Bob Feller
Feller, Bob, 1918-2010.
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New York, NY : Carol Pub. Group, [1990]

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231 pages ; 24 cm
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"A Birch Lane Press book."
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Booklist Review

Hall of Famer Feller was the premier fastball pitcher of his time, his career spanning from 1936 (when he was 17) to 1956. He's still active in baseball with the Cleveland lndians as a spring-training instructor. As he relates his life story, Feller ably compares and contrasts today's game with the one he encountered when he first broke in. His comments on salaries and the current management-labor struggles are especially intriguing. Otherwise, this sports bio is filled with wonderful anecdotes, humor, and honesty. In the parlance of the game, Feller the pitcher didn't get cute, he "just brung it." Fine reading for baseball fans. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

After so many recent sports autobiographies by also-rans, here is one by a baseball superstar, coauthored with freelancer Gilbert, and it is well worth reading. Iowa farm boy Feller broke into the major leagues in 1936 at age 17 with the Cleveland Indians, and went on to set all sorts of records for strikeouts, no-hit and one-hit games for the next 20 years. He emerges here as a levelheaded man, able to cope with his teenage celebrity and with the triumphs and tragedies that followed, chief among them his first wife's alcoholism and drug addiction and his inability to help her. Most interesting to fans are Feller's assessments of the players he considers the best: Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and pitcher Walter Johnson. Another intriguing sidelight is the depiction of his 50-year friendship with former Iowa sports announcer Ronald Reagan. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Feller, known as ``Rapid Robert'' for his incredible fastball, and one of baseball's greatest pitchers, played for the Cleveland Indians from 1936 to 1956. This book is a straightforward account of his life in and out of baseball. The book is chockful of anecdotes--Feller even devotes a few pages to his famous 1948 World Series attempted pick-off play which has become part of baseball lore. He is a level-headed observer of baseball today, and he decries the general lack of teamwork--the hallmark of yesteryear--as players compete more for individual feats to bolster future salary demands than for team effort. Recommended for most libraries.-- Paul Kaplan, Highland Park P.L., Ill. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.