Hall of Famer Bob Feller recovering

October 12, 2010

Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has returned home following surgery to have a pacemaker implanted.

The 91-year-old Feller was released from the Cleveland Clinic earlier this month and had been staying at a rehab facility before returning to his home in Gates Mills, Ohio, on Tuesday, a family friend told The Associated Press.

The longtime ace of the Cleveland Indians is doing well and will continue to receive outpatient treatment at the hospital, the friend said. Feller has been undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in August.

''Bob's home with his wife, Anne, and his cat, Felix, and he's doing just fine,'' said the friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the family's privacy. ''Bob would like to thank the many people who have sent cards and messages from across the country and for the fine care he is getting at the Clinic.''

Feller won a club record 266 games in an 18-year career with Cleveland that was interrupted by him serving three years in the military during World War II. An eight-time All-Star, the right-hander known as ''Rapid Robert'' threw three career no-hitters, including the only one on opening day in 1940.

The feisty Feller, never afraid to offer his opinion on any subject, continued to attend Indians games this season following his leukemia diagnosis. He was being treated at the hospital when he became dizzy and doctors decided to give him a pacemaker.

Feller's No. 19 was retired by the Indians in 1957. He was enshrined in Cooperstown in 1962.