Feller Family statement

Baseball and the city of Cleveland lost an icon with the recent passing of Hall of Famer and Indians legend Bob Feller. The loss felt within the Feller family was greater and his absence has left a void this holiday season.

Feller, who owns multiple Indians franchise records, passed away due to complications from leukemia on Dec. 15. He was 92. On Friday, Christmas Eve, his family issued the following statement:

The Feller family would like to thank everyone for their warm wishes in the wake of Bob’s passing. In addition to being a national baseball icon, Bob Feller was a husband, father, and grandfather. He will be remembered for his intelligence and charm, grit and seemingly limitless memory — and we all yearn to hear just one more of his larger than life tales. Baseball was his deepest love, and kept him remarkably active right to the end. As a father, he lovingly taught the game to his three sons. Most recently, he returned to the mound and threw his grandson batting practice at age ninety.

Bob’s family was larger than us though, extending to Cleveland and well beyond. He loved the city and its people. We know we are not alone in our sadness, and look forward to celebrating his illustrious life with you in the coming months.

Lastly we would like to thank Cleveland Clinic and Hospice of the Western Reserve, for the care they afforded our entire family, and the members of the Cleveland media for respecting the family’s privacy. Most importantly, we are indebted to the Cleveland Indians for supporting Bob and his family throughout the years.

Sincerely,

The Feller Family

Have a Merry Christmas, everyone.

–JB

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