On this date…

On this date in 1962 World War II veteran Bob Feller was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Mr. Feller was the first Major League Baseball player to enlist in the military after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He made his way to a Navy recruiting office the very next morning. Mr. Feller has shared his story at several of the American Veterans Center’s conferences.

In 2008 the American Veterans Center celebrated Mr. Feller’s 90th birthday at the Presidents Club at Nationals Park.

Bob Feller blowing out the candles on his birthday cake. In the background are World War II vets and MLB players Monte Irvin, Lou Brissie and Jerry Coleman. Also AVC president James Roberts and Johnny Holliday.

Bob Feller blowing out the candles on his birthday cake. In the background are World War II vets and MLB players Monte Irvin, Lou Brissie and Jerry Coleman. Also AVC president James Roberts and Johnny Holliday.

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