In our current era of multi-million dollar annual stipends, endorsement contracts, substance-enhanced performances and thug showmanship, certain elements of the game have long been forgotten and are (sadly) unknown among today’s younger fans. Among those bygone treasures is Bob Feller. Out of rural Iowa with a blazing fastball, Feller won 266 games, threw three no-hitters and 12 one-hitters – despite missing three full seasons (1942-1944) due to patriotic service in World War II and virtually the entire 1945 season for that same cause. Following his return to the game he so thoroughly dominated, Feller helped the Indians to an American League pennant and five runner-up finishes during the 1950s. These (2) programs were issued at Cleveland’s cavernous Municipal Stadium for landmark games in Feller’s remarkable career. Includes:
July 1, 1951: the 16-page guide features thick-stock center pages on which scoring grids feature pre-printed lineups and are marked to document Feller’s then-record third career no-hitter, a 2-1 Indians triumph in which Johnny Lipon reached on an error and scored on George Kell’s sacrifice fly to account for the Detroit Tigers’ offense. With covers and crisp pages completely intact, this program presents minimally (EX) with a hint of a horizontal fold.
May 23, 1954: the 20-page publication features thick-stock center pages on which scoring grids have been marked in pencil to document a 14-3 thrashing of the Baltimore Orioles. The win marked Cleveland’s 10th of 11 straight and was Feller’s 250th career victory. Covers and crisp pages are completely intact on this (EX) item. Appropriately, the program opens with a full-page photo and profile of Dave Philly, who homered in support of Feller that day.