CLEVELAND -- Before beginning their first season without Bob Feller in 75 years, the Cleveland Indians saluted the late Hall of Famer.
Feller died on Dec. 15 of acute leukemia. The Indians paid tribute to the greatest player in their history with a stirring tribute before Friday's home opener against the Chicago White Sox.
Each of the Indians players wore Feller's No. 19 jersey during pregame introductions. A video tribute was shown on the scoreboard chronicling Feller's remarkable life and his widow, Anne, gently placed a baseball on the mound to honor her husband, who spent his entire 18-year career with Cleveland.
The Indians are wearing commemorative patches on their jersey sleeves with Feller's retired number and a silhouette of him in the middle of his high-kicking windup.