Bob Feller Museum to Become City Hill

The Bob Feller museum in Van Meter, Iowa is closing and being converted to a city hall.  The museum was a tribute to the Hall of Fame pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, who was featured in Aviva Kempner’s film The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. Greenberg feared facing Feller. Years later, he brought him to Cleveland to pitch.  Before Feller’s death in 2010, he would have fund-raising events at the museum and invite famous retirees, who would usually waive their appearance fee in exchange for Feller appearing at an event of their choice. However, after Feller died, players did not want to appear for free anymore since they were not getting anything in return. Without the fund-raising events, the city of Van Meter could not support the museum, especially as membership dropped from around 450 to less than 100.  As a result, members of the museum decided to close the museum and sell it to the city, where it will become a new city hall. Some of Feller’s artifacts will remain on exhibit.  To read more about it in The New York Times, click here.

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