Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation Announces MLB & Hall of Fame Nominees Adds Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Award and Jerry Coleman Award Honoring Marine Corps

Today, the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation announced its Major League Baseball (MLB) and Hall of Fame nominees for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award (full list below). The Foundation also announced the creation of a companion Peer­‐to­‐Peer Mentoring Award and at the Hall of Fame Presentation Ceremony the Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Ray Mabus, announced the creation of the Jerry Coleman Award presented by The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation, honoring a Staff Noncommissioned Officer of the United States Marine Corps.  

Through the unique connection of baseball and the United States Navy, the Foundation since 2013 has honored a current MLB player, a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, and a Baseball Hall of Fame member who possess the values, integrity and dedication to serving our country that Bob Feller himself displayed. The Peer­to­Peer Mentoring Award will honor a group of junior Sailors
that has excelled in encouraging other Sailors to embody the Navy's core values of honor, courage, and commitment, as did Feller.

The new Jerry Coleman Award honors a Marine Noncommissioned Officer who possesses outstanding leadership and unyielding support for the United States Marine Corps and the United States of America.  

While many know Bob Feller as one of the greatest pitchers to ever grace the baseball diamond, few remember that he also served our country, when he made the selfless decision to enlist just days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, becoming the first professional athletes to do so. The Foundation uses the Bob Feller story to educate the youth of today the lessons of citizenship, service, sacrifice and legacy.  

Once Jerry Coleman turned 18, he postponed his baseball career, joined the Marine Corps as a Naval Aviation Cadet. In World War II, Coleman flew 57 combat missions and in the Korean War flew 63 close air support and interdiction strike missions, making him the only major league player to see combat in two wars. Jerry Coleman was selected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the Ford C. Frick Award recipient as a broadcaster in 2005. Coleman, despite all the success he had in his life, was the proudest of being a Marine.  

"The legacies of Bob Feller, Jerry Coleman and the greatest generation are embodied throughout these players and their respective clubs, honoring those who serve this great nation, and for this we are forever grateful," said Peter Fertig, President of the Foundation.  

The 2015 MLB Player and Hall of Fame Member Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Nominees

NOMINATING CLUB: MLB PLAYER  
Arizona Diamondbacks: Brad Ziegler  
Baltimore Orioles: Darren O'Day  
Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia  
Chicago White Sox: Adam LaRoche  
Cincinnati Reds: Jay Bruce  
Cleveland Indians: Trevor Bauer  
Kansas City Royals: Wade Davis  
Miami Marlins: Steve Cishek (traded to St. Louis Cardinals 7/24/15)
Milwaukee Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy  
Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier  
New York Mets: Curtis Granderson  
Oakland Athletics: Sean Doolittle  
Pittsburgh Pirates: Charlie Morton  
San Diego Padres: Ian Kennedy  
Washington Nationals: Craig Stammen  

NOMINATING CLUB: HALL OF FAMER 
Cleveland Indians: Bob Lemon  
Cincinnati Reds: Johnny Bench  
Kansas City Royals: George Brett  
Miami Marlins: Andre Dawson  
Minnesota Twins: Rod Carew  

Previous award winners include Justin Verlander, Nick Swisher, Yogi Berra, Tommy Lasorda, Senior Chief Petty Officer Garth Sinclair, and Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson. Finalists for the active player award will be announced and recognized later this season. Winners in all four categories will be honored in a Veterans Day ceremony in Washington, D.C. at the United States Navy Memorial.  

Peter Fertig founded The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-­‐exempt organization, with the support of the US Navy, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial, The Cleveland Indians, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the gracious consent of Mrs. Anne Feller. The Jerry Coleman Award was added this year with the support of the United States Marine Corps, the San Diego Padres and the Coleman Family.