OOS Sculpture

Bob Feller Statue

1994 / Gary Ross / Cleveland

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Legendary pitcher, Bob Feller, in the midst of his distinct wind up, standing outside Progressive Field. Feller stands precariously on his right leg. His right arm bears the ball, palm up and stretched behind his back. The left side of his body floats in space in front of him, tingling with an energy from the pitch that is screaming to whip through the park. Feller's foot stands on a raised part of the pedestal that acts like an eternal pitcher's mound. The anticipation and the excited energy that this statue's posing bring to the viewer are indescribable. It's as if a sprinkle of dust, or a tap with a chisel would set Feller into motion and have him rip one last pitch through the city. Emblazoned on the pedestal is a remembrance of the man Feller was and his importance to the city.

Bob Feller was an Iowa native who skipped the Minor Leagues and jumped directly from his High School to the Cleveland Indians at the age of 17. He still had to finish a year in school while pitching for the Indians. Feller threw every pitch of his career (including the second fastest ever recorded-- 107.9 mph!) in his #19 Indians jersey. He was also instrumental in defeating the Atlanta Braves in the 1948 World Series to bring the Cleveland Indians their first title since 1920, and still their last as of 2017. In addition to smashing long-standing records as a player, Feller continued in front office capacities after his retirement, totaling 70+ years working with the Cleveland Indians.

Location: Near Gate C on East 9th Street, East 9th Street and Eagle Avenue

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Gary Ross, “Bob Feller Statue,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed November 29, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/362.

Title

Bob Feller Statue

Description

Legendary pitcher, Bob Feller, in the midst of his distinct wind up, standing outside Progressive Field. Feller stands precariously on his right leg. His right arm bears the ball, palm up and stretched behind his back. The left side of his body floats in space in front of him, tingling with an energy from the pitch that is screaming to whip through the park. Feller's foot stands on a raised part of the pedestal that acts like an eternal pitcher's mound. The anticipation and the excited energy that this statue's posing bring to the viewer are indescribable. It's as if a sprinkle of dust, or a tap with a chisel would set Feller into motion and have him rip one last pitch through the city. Emblazoned on the pedestal is a remembrance of the man Feller was and his importance to the city.

Bob Feller was an Iowa native who skipped the Minor Leagues and jumped directly from his High School to the Cleveland Indians at the age of 17. He still had to finish a year in school while pitching for the Indians. Feller threw every pitch of his career (including the second fastest ever recorded-- 107.9 mph!) in his #19 Indians jersey. He was also instrumental in defeating the Atlanta Braves in the 1948 World Series to bring the Cleveland Indians their first title since 1920, and still their last as of 2017. In addition to smashing long-standing records as a player, Feller continued in front office capacities after his retirement, totaling 70+ years working with the Cleveland Indians.

Creator

Date

1994

Location City

Location County

Provider Qualifier

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See notes

Location Street

East 9th Street and Eagle Avenue

Location Type

Media Base Depth

7 ft 11 in

Media Sculpture Height

9 ft

Media Sculpture Width

6 ft

Media Sculpture Depth

6 ft

Media Base Height

2 ft

Media Base Width

7 ft 10 in

Creation Date

01/01/1994