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Indians working to save Bob Feller Museum


GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians are doing their part to keep the doors to the Bob Feller Museum open.

The museum, in the Hall of Fame pitcher's hometown of Van Meter, Iowa, has experienced financial troubles in the years since Feller's passing in December 2010. The Indians are working with the museum's board on potentially bringing some items to Cleveland.

"Bob Feller was the engine that powered the museum," said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians' senior vice president of public affairs. "Unfortunately, since his passing, the business model for the Bob Feller Museum has not been working. As we move forward, our primary objective is to foster Mr. Feller's legacy in the two places he called home -- Van Meter, Iowa, and Cleveland."

To help reduce costs, the museum has remained closed during the winter, but the plan is to reopen later this spring, around Opening Day. DiBiasio, who is also on the museum's board, confirmed that the facility has seen its membership dwindle, to roughly 100, over the past four years, after that number stood at around 400 in the past.

In 18 seasons with the Indians, Feller went 266-162 with a 3.25 ERA in 570 career contests, including 279 complete games. The eight-time All-Star was signed by the Indians in 1936, and made his big league debut that season at the age of 17.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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