Achievements as a Teen: "Bullet" Bob Feller was just 17 years old when he debuted for the Indians in 1936, he was still in high school at the time. You'd think a 17-year-old might be nervous pitching in his first professional game, but not Feller. He struck out 15 batters in his debut, and 17 during a performance later in the season. At age 18 he finished with a 3.39 ERA and 150 strikeouts. In 1938 he led the league in K's with 240 at just 19. Strasburg who?
Career Recap: In 570 games Bob Feller pitched 3,827 innings and posted a win-loss record of 266-162, with 279 complete games. He had 44 shutouts and a career 3.25 ERA, he threw no-hitters in 1940, 1946, and 1951. He threw 12 one-hitters in his career and won a World Series title in 1948. Feller led the American League in wins six times and strikeouts seven. In 1946 he recorded 348 strikeouts, a record that stood for 27 years. An eight time All-Star, Feller was ranked 36th on Sporting News's list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players. He won the Triple Crown in 1940 and was inducted to Cooperstown in 1962. Salute to "Rapid Robert" for being one of the best that America's game has ever seen.