John Tortes ''Chief'' Meyers: A Baseball Biography

John Tortes ''Chief'' Meyers: A Baseball Biography

by William A. Young
     
 

One of major league baseball's first Native American stars, John Tortes "Chief" Meyers (1880-1971) was the hard-hitting, award-winning catcher for John McGraw's New York Giants from 1908 to 1915 and later for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He appeared in four World Series and remains heralded for his role as the trusted battery mate of legendary pitcher Christy Mathewson.

Overview

One of major league baseball's first Native American stars, John Tortes "Chief" Meyers (1880-1971) was the hard-hitting, award-winning catcher for John McGraw's New York Giants from 1908 to 1915 and later for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He appeared in four World Series and remains heralded for his role as the trusted battery mate of legendary pitcher Christy Mathewson. Unlike other Native American players who eschewed their tribal identities to escape prejudice, Meyers—a member of the Santa Rosa Band of the Cahuilla Tribe of California—remained proud of his heritage and became a tribal leader after his major league career. This first full biography explores John Tortes Meyers's Cahuilla roots and early life, his year at Dartmouth College, his outstanding baseball career, his life after baseball, and his remarkable legacy.

Editorial Reviews

The Columbia Daily Tribune
an excellent read
Roundup Magazine
"well-researched and gracefully written"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786468010
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
06/25/2012
Pages:
257
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

William A. Young is emeritus professor of religious studies at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He is the author of a number of books on the world's religions.

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