Bob Feller was a teenage pitching wonder, a World War II hero and an outspoken Hall of Famer for the Cleveland Indians.
In his tiny hometown of Van Meter, Iowa, he was the farm boy who never forgot his roots.
Flags flew at half-staff Thursday at the Bob Feller Museum in Van Meter, a short drive west of Des Moines, a day after Feller succumbed to acute leukemia at the age of 92.
Museum general manager Scott Havick says Feller was a patriotic, loyal and warmhearted man who wasn't afraid to speak his mind, and museum staffer Delores Jones says Feller always seemed like family, warmly greeting visitors and sharing stories of his time in the big leagues.
Feller won 266 games with the Indians and was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.