Interview with Robert "Bob" Feller, July 3, 1979

Project: A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project

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Bob Feller, from Iowa, was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. Feller discusses his enlistment in the Navy, his military career and his physical conditioning while he was a part of the military. He describes his return to Cleveland in 1945, his relationship with other veterans and his motivation for joining the Navy. He gives his opinions on the lack of leaders and the general decline of society in 1979. He talks about serving as manager of the Great Lakes service team, the 1945 season, his camp for returning ballplayers after World War II and the role that A.B. "Happy" Chandler played in it, as well as the 1946 season. He discusses his activities in 1979 and his relationship with Chandler, as well as the practice of barnstorming. He mentions some of the records that he set in 1946 and discusses competing with and against black players prior to the integration of major league baseball. Other topics include the off-the-field conduct of ballplayers, the characteristics needed to play baseball, the development of players in the minor leagues, Jackie Robinson as a player; and the high fastball.

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1979oh230_chan064

Interviewee Name

Robert "Bob" Feller

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1979-07-03

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Feller, Robert Interview by William J. Marshall. 03 Jul. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Feller, R. (1979, July 03). Interview by W. J. Marshall. A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Feller, Robert, interview by William J. Marshall. July 03, 1979, A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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