Bob Feller, on pitching in yesterday’s inaugural Hall of Fame Classic at the age of 90:
I had a great time. I almost broke a sweat. I needed a faster
outfield. I didn’t clock [his fastball] because the radar screen
wouldn’t have accepted it. I threw as hard as ever. The ball, I think,
was going about eight or nine miles per hour.
Feller, who was working on four decades of rest for the first time in
his career, induced a pop up from Paul Molitor that dropped in for a
single (hence the “faster outfield” comment), retired Bobby Grich, and
gave up a hit to Steve Finley.
Not bad considering that Grich and Molitor are 30 and 38 years
younger than Feller, and Finley played in the majors two seasons ago.