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Feller, 91, back home after pacemaker procedure

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

Feller, 91, had been staying at a rehab facility before returning to his home in Gates Mills, Ohio, on Tuesday, a family friend said.

The longtime ace of the Cleveland Indians is doing well and will continue to receive outpatient treatment at the Cleveland Clinic, 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 (1940).

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

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