Saturday, May 14, 2011

Studio 42 with Bob Costas: Bob Feller

Bob Feller was a larger than life legend and extremely important to the city of Cleveland. When he died late last year I wanted to write something about him. Now I have come across this interview which I wasn't intending to review, but I found Bob the Bullet to be so magnetic I decided to do one any way. With his elephant like memory, The Heater from Van Meter recalled his playing days spanning the 30s, 40s, and 50s. As Rapid Robert tells of his dealings with the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, and Joe DiMaggio we get a sense not only of his talent, pitching no hitters, setting strike out records, and winning a World Series but we also get a sense of who he was as a person being the first ballplayer to enlist in World War II at the expense of his career (not able to gain 300 wins) and his life, although he said that this was the most important win of all. Bob Feller's interview with Bob Costas was a reminder of the consummate legend that the city of Cleveland and the baseball community lost.