Making his debut with the Cleveland Indians at the tender age of 17, Bob Feller made an immediate impression by striking out 15 batters in his first start in July 1936. His first two years were shortened because he had to finish high school, but he won 17 during his first full season. Using his lightning-quick (and sometimes wild) fastball, he would lead the league in wins six times including three in a row between 1939 and 1941. Volunteering for the Navy two days after Pearl Harbor, Feller lost three of his prime years to military service (although he would never see it that way). Despite the lost playing time, Feller led the league in strikeouts seven times, including an astounding 348 Ks in 1946. An eight-time All Star, he also won a World Championship in 1948.
Feller threw three no-hitters and twelve one-hitters. His second no-hitter was in 1946 against a Yankee lineup that featured three future Hall of Famers: Phil Rizzuto, Bill Dickey and Joe DiMaggio.
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