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The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award will be given each year to a major leaguer and Hall of Famer who displays good character, assists those less fortunate, supports U.S. servicemen and women and conducts himself with dignity on and off the field. The U.S. Navy will give a companion award to one service member.

Feller served in the Navy, interrupting his baseball career to enlist immediately after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Feller did so despite being eligible for an exemption.

Feller missed four seasons but still recorded 266 career victories and led the American League in wins six times and strikeouts seven times.

A celebrated figure in Cleveland, Feller died in 2010 at the age of 92.

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