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Verlander to receive inaugural Bob Feller Award
November 4th, 2013

Tigers ace honored for work he puts in with veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan

By Jason Beck / | 11/4/2013 4:53 P.M. ET

DETROIT — Justin Verlander has received plenty of honors for his success on the field. He probably won’t be honored for his performance this season, but his work off the field will be recognized this week.

Verlander is the first active Major League player to be recognized with the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. He’ll be honored Wednesday night during a gala at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington.

The award was created earlier this year to honor the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who enlisted in the Navy for World War II immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Awards will be given out annually to a current Major League player, a Hall of Famer and a Navy service member. Yogi Berra was honored earlier this year. U.S. Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman Garth Sinclair will be honored alongside Verlander on Wednesday.

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