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Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

In a first-of-its-kind unison linking the United States Navy and the professional baseball world, the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award was created in 2013 to recognize individuals for possessing the values, integrity and dedication to serving our country that Bob Feller himself displayed.

The award is presented annually to one professional baseball player, one Baseball Hall of Famer, and one US Navy Chief Petty Officer.

Peter Fertig created The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award with the support of the US Navy, the USS Alabama, The Cleveland Indians, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the gracious consent of Mrs. Anne Feller.

Background:
Bob Feller is widely recognized as one of the greatest pitchers to have ever played the game, yet few know he voluntarily enlisted in the military just days following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. He was decorated with six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars, while serving on missions in both the Pacific and the North Atlantic, earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
2017 Class of Nominees:
NOMINATING CLUB MLB PLAYER
Baltimore Orioles Darren O'Day
Boston Red Sox Dustin Pedroia
Chicago White Sox David Robertson
Cleveland Indians Corey Kluber
Colorado Rockies Mike Dunn
Houston Astros Charlie Morton
Kansas City Royals Ian Kennedy
Miami Marlins Christian Yelich
Milwaukee Brewers Jimmy Nelson
New York Mets Jacob De Grom
San Diego Padres Craig Stammen
San Francisco Giants Hunter Strickland
Tampa Bay Rays Colby Rasmus
2016 Recipients
  • Sr. Chief Petty Officer Christopher Beeding
  • Brad Ziegler (Arizona Diamondbacks)
  • Rod Carew (Baseball Hall of Fame: 1991)
2015 Recipients
  • Chief Petty Officer Genell Cody (United States Navy)
  • Jonathan Lucroy (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • George Brett (Baseball Hall of Fame: 1999)
2014 Recipients
  • Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson (United States Navy)
  • Nick Swisher (Cleveland Indians)
  • Tommy Lasorda (Baseball Hall of Fame: 1997)
2013 Recipients
  • Chief Hospital Corpsman Garth Sinclair (United States Navy)
  • Justin Verlander (Detroit Tigers)
  • Lawrence "Yogi" Berra (Baseball Hall of Fame: 1972)