“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.”
We can build on your lessons learned, accepting them with joy. How are we growing? How can this experience help me — and help others?
If you just pitched and threw a ball, what did you learn? What adjustments do you need to make in your throw, or in your mindset? And how can you communicate more effectively with your catcher?
Your experiences aren’t just about you. You can take the insights and build a better future. We don’t just throw yesterday away. Whatever you learned can help you be a wiser and kinder person. Then, you can improve, as well as encourage others.
Let’s stand strongly on the mound!
Robert William Andrew Feller (November 3, 1918 – December 15, 2010), nicknamed “The Heater from Van Meter“, “Bullet Bob“, and “Rapid Robert“, was an American baseball pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians. Feller was born and raised with his sister, Merrilee, in Van Meter, Iowa. Feller played catch daily with his father. He had learned to throw a curveball by the time he was eight years old, and could throw a ball 270 feet (82 m) when he was nine. To assist his son, Feller senior started growing wheat on his farm, a less labor-intensive crop than corn, to allow his son more time to play baseball.
A prodigy who bypassed the minor leagues, Feller first played for the Indians at the age of 17. His career was interrupted by four years of military service in World War II, during which time he served as Chief Petty Officer aboard the USS Alabama. Feller became the first pitcher to win 24 games in a season before the age of 21. An eight-time All-Star, Feller was ranked 36th on Sporting News’s list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was named the publication’s “greatest pitcher of his time”. He was a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.
Upon Feller’s death, a legacy was left behind in the form of The Bob Feller Museum, opened in Van Meter, Iowa on June 10, 1995, along with the renaming of the “Cleveland Indians Man of the Year Award” to the “Bob Feller Man of the Year Award”.