Feller transferred to hospice
Feller, 92, battling leukemia, was recently admitted to the Clinic due to a bout with pneumonia. The latest developement is yet another setback in a series of medical issues that have hindered the pitching great over the past few months.
In August, Feller was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a form of cancer in which the white blood cells interfere with the production of normal blood cells. Feller had to have about two quarts of blood infused into his system and began receiving chemotherapy treatments.
In September, Feller had a pacemaker installed to combat a heart ailment and also had a bout with vertigo. The most recent trip to the Clinic came after Feller developed a case of thrush, which is an infection of the mucus membrane lining of the mouth and tongue. The thrush interfered with Feller’s ability to eat, limiting his strength.
Feller pitched 18 seasons for the Tribe, posting a 266-162 record to set the franchise record for wins. The right-hander led the American League in strikeouts seven times, was named to eight All-Star teams and missed three years of his prime while serving in World War II.
Rapid Robert fashioned three no-hitters, including the lone Opening Day no-hitter in baseball history. Beyond victories, he is Cleveland’s all-time leader in innings (3,827), strikeouts (2,581), complete games (279) and starts (484).
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962, Feller represents the longest-tenured living member of baseball’s elite class. Cleveland retired his No. 19 in 1957.