CLEVELAND — EDITOR’S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on June 5, 2019.
The bust of Bob Feller, the late Cleveland Indians pitcher who served in World War II, was presented at Progressive Field to the U.S. Navy on Friday morning.
The event took place at 9:45 a.m. at Progressive Field.
3News streamed the event, which can be watched below in this story or on our YouTube channel.
The presentation is an honor to the USS Cooperstown ship from the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball, Cleveland Guardians and NEOPAT.
The Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation represents the 39 National Baseball Hall of Fame Members who served in WWII.
Feller became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. Navy just two days after the bombings of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Feller spent four years of service with the Navy aboard the USS Alabama.
The following individuals were in attendance at the event:
Jim Folk, Cleveland Guardians VP of Ballpark Improvements
CDR Rick DeChant (USCG, Retired) - NEOPAT
Chief Petty Officer Terry Spain (USN, Retired) – BFAOV
CDR Evan Wright – USS Cooperstown
- Senior Chief Petty Officer Keona Johnson – USS Cooperstown
During Feller’s 18-year career with the Indians, he recorded 266 wins for the club.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on Oct. 18, 2022.