On Veteran’s Day, we want to take the time to honor Bob Feller, the first American athlete to enlist in World War 2. Feller spent four years in the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer on the USS Alabama. His decision to join the war efforts inspired other athletes to join the efforts.
Feller spent four years of his prime serving his country. He spent his age 23, 24 and 25 seasons completely out of the league and only played 9 games in his age 26 season. In the three years prior to his service, he finished third in MVP voting twice and second the other time. Over his 18 year career he won 266 games, had a 3.25 ERA and over 2,500 batters. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.