Hall of Famer visits One on One
Saturday, July 30, 2005 - It was Hall of Fame Weekend 2005 when Hall of Famer Bob Feller visited the WFUV broadcast location in the atrium of the Hall. Greg Giombarrese and Lou Wasson hosted One on One that day and found that the man from Van Meter, Iowa was not one to mince words. If he had an opinion you heard it.
Lou Wasson gives his impression of the man and the interview
BOB FELLER INTERVIEW
by Lou Wasson
The late Bob Feller was everything I imagined a Hall-of-Fame pitcher should be. Confident, focused, tough, no-nonsense, and a winner to his Cleveland core. Feller approached our radio booth in Cooperstown on Hall of Fame weekend, introducing himself as if going on a job interview – “Bob Feller here for WFUV radio.”
Within moments, dozens of adoring fans huddled around us inside the sun-splashed atrium of the Hall of Fame. I’m glad I didn’t ask the first question, so I could watch grandfathers show grandsons one of their idols growing up. It was fitting that Feller grew up on an Iowa farm and actually played baseball just 20 miles from the cornfields where Field of Dreams was filmed. For that older generation, “they dipped themselves in magic waters,” and saw their hero throwing another no-hitter.
He gave crisp answers that didn’t mince words. He had no sympathy for steroid users who would never have the honor of being inducted into the Hall. He didn’t like the direction baseball was going in – “follow the dollar,” he told us. He wanted younger players to appreciate the fundamentals of a sacrifice bunt, and to stay focused on the game even after leaving the ballpark.
He was the perfect interview - courteous, professional, and entertaining. He hurled 3 no-hitters, racked up 266 career wins, and gave the Cleveland Indians a World Series title in 1948. He lost 4 years at the peak of his career because he served in World War II, something that gave him enormous pride.
But that is the man Cleveland came to know and love. For a city that has watched its teams fumble away big games and their athletes take their talents to warmer weather, Feller served Cleveland, and did so with honor and class. He won the big game, he never bailed out, and he did it all with dignity – like Hall of Famers do.