MLB Hall of Famer Bob Feller winning fight against leukemia

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Major league baseball received some great news on Monday when it was revealed that the third oldest living member of the Baseball Hall Of Fame Bob Feller is back to feeling better after undergoing leukemia treatment.

Feller who in a twenty year career won 266 games with the Cleveland Indians is finally back to sitting in the press box while  following his beloved Indians.

“I just didn’t have my usual energy, so I went in for a check-up and they said my blood count was low,” Feller who played from 1936-56 said.

“I spent two days in the hospital and they gave me two quarts of blood. Then they gave me some pills, and I went back every day for a week. They injected three shots of chemo a day.”

An impressive stat among many for Feller is that during his career he threw three no-hitters and 12 one hitters. In his third year as a major leaguer he showed what kind of pitcher he was going to be when during a game in 1938 he set what was a record at the time in striking out 18 batters.

In 1940 Feller was at his best when he threw an opening day no- hitter and went on to win 27 games that year. Amazingly enough that wasn’t even his best season. That would come six years later when he registered a 26 win season with a 2.18 ERA and 348 strikeouts.

The only living baseball hall of famers who are older than Feller who is 91 years-old are Lee McPhail who is 92 and Bobby Doerr who is also 92.

“I’ve got me energy back. I feel very good,” Feller said. “I’ll go back for a check-up next month.” Source TSN

Former Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller throws out the first pitch for the MLB American League baseball game between the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio April 12, 2010. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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