April 16th, 2015
Happy 75th Birthday to the only Opening Day no-hitter — courtesy of Bob Feller, aka Rapid Robert. My first (1973) and last (2006) autograph from a baseball hero.
On April 16, 1940, Bob Feller became the first and only pitcher in Major League History to throw an Opening Day no-hitter. Feller wore this glove when the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. He added the extra webbing at a later date when the glove was re-laced.
“Tomorrow’s another day, and I’ll be out there every time I pitch—just trying to win for the Indians.”
-Bob Feller, April 16, 1940
Seventy five years ago, Bob Feller took the mound at Chicago’s Comiskey Park to usher in the start of the 1940 baseball season. Feller, already the ace of the Cleveland pitching staff at only 21 years old, struck out five of the first six recorded outs in the game.
Several innings passed with neither team scoring. The Indians punched in a run when Jeff Heath singled to left field and Rollie Hemsley delivered a two out…
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