Feller was phenom, war hero
April 16, 1940 - Bob Feller created the trivia question about which team ended a game with every player holding the same batting average he had entering it. The Cleveland Indians' 21-year-old righthander did it by no-hitting the White Sox in Chicago - the only time a major league hurler has accomplished this feat on opening day.
Feller, who already has pitched three one-hitters, began the day by complaining of a stiff arm and jokingly told catcher Rollie Helmsley that he expected to be knocked out. Instead, he gave a knockout performance in winning 1-0 before some 14,000 fans, including his parents.
Strong winds in Comiskey Park forced Feller to rely exclusively on his fastball. As a result, Cleveland infielders had only seven assists. Feller finished with eight strikeouts and walked five (four in the first three innings).
The only tense moment came with two outs in the ninth when Taffy Wright hit a ground ball that Indians second baseman Ray Mack knocked down, chased a few feet into short rightfield, and threw to first for the 27th out to secure the first of Feller's three no-hitters.
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