Washington DC - October 16, 2013 - In a first-of-its-kind unison linking the United States Navy and the professional baseball world, three honorable recipients will be presented with the prestigious 2013 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award 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.
Chief Hospital Corpsman Garth Sinclair of the United States Navy; Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers; and Lawrence "Yogi" Berra will formally receive their awards at an event held during the week of Veteran's Day from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm on November 6, 2013 at The United States Navy Memorial in Washington.
Yogi Berra will receive his award in a separate ceremony on October 19, 2013 at the Yogi Berra Museum in Little Falls, New Jersey. Representatives for Yogi will be present for the formal presentation at The Navy Memorial.
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. With a great career in front of him and a father dying of cancer, Feller chose to make the selfless sacrifice to protect our great country. 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. When asked about the most important game he ever won, Feller replied without hesitation, "World War II."
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.