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Bob Feller : ace of the greatest generation

Author: John Sickels
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brasseys, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"It sounds just like a movie. A father carves up his farmland to provide a baseball field where he can teach his young son to play. That son blossoms, moves straight from the farm to the major leagues at the tender age of seventeen, and dominates hitters from the outset with a blazing fastball. By the time his career ends, this athlete is unquestionably the best pitcher of the World War II generation." "Yet Bob
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Bob Feller; Bob Feller
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Sickels
ISBN: 1574884417 9781574884418
OCLC Number: 53287720
Description: xiii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: From the banks of the raccoon --
Oak View and the field of dreams --
Coming to Cleveland --
The commissioner --
The $10,000 boy --
The drill sergeant --
The crybabies --
Another nice guy --
War --
Return to glory --
Storming into a new era --
The uneasy crown --
The highs and the lows --
The gathering twilight --
Dusk --
Image and legend --
Bob Feller sabermetrics --
Myth, truth, and the man.
Responsibility: John Sickels.
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