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Old 12-16-2010, 03:39 AM
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Thumbs up Bob Feller, "The Last Word"

I met him once in Belgium in the mid 1980's, and spoke with him for about an hour after an Old Timers Exhibition game & BBQ. In Flemish and Dutch, baseball is "honkball." Introduced him to my wife and daughters who were young and yet to see an American baseball game. He fussed with the girls like he was their grandfather, bought them ice cream and gave them signed baseballs. He was in his late 60's at the time so I understand all about fussing over grandchildren. My wife said later she thought he must be homesick for his family.

It was one of the nicest evenings I can recall, a warm & clear summer day (rare in Belgium), an old timers baseball game followed by hot dogs, hamburgers and "pomme frite met." (french fries with a special mayonnaise sauce, never ketchup!)

A real gentleman, very friendly and one of the greatest pitchers ever to play the game. If you have the time watch this video from the NY Times, it's 11 minutes long. The very end is the best.

One of my "treasures" is an autographed and now framed program from that game.

RIP Bob Feller, American


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Old 12-16-2010, 06:19 AM
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Default Re: Bob Feller, "The Last Word"

Thanks for posting the video clip.

My grandfather talked about him like he was a god on the mound, if Feller was in to face the yanks, he made sure he went to the Bronx. My grandfather saw Ruth through Seaver pitching...he told me no ones fastball popped a mitt like Fellers...

One of the greats has passed, may he rest in peace.
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:54 AM
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Default Re: Bob Feller, "The Last Word"

I can remember my dad, who passed in 1992, talking about feller as well. I never realized how good he was.

"it's a game, it's not a war"

"I want to be remembered... as an American, who played baseball"

great interview.

and what you and he doing in Belgium, picking poppies for import?
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:25 AM
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oops wrong flower.... guess they're only know for what, tulips?
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The "Van Meter Heater". Before my baseball watching time, but as a baseball freak kid I knew all about him.
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