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Louis Sockalexis: The First Cleveland Indian

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"Louis Sockalexis, a Penobscot Indian from Maine, was one of the greatest college baseball stars of the 189Os. Following his days playing for Holy Cross and Notre Dame, he went directly into the major leagues with Cleveland's National League team in 1897, becoming the first of his race to play in the majors and the first minority athlete to play in the National League." This is a complete biography of Sockalexis, known during his playing days as "Chief of Sockem" and "Deerfoot of the Diamond." For three months, Sockalexis batted well over .300,
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Overview

"Louis Sockalexis, a Penobscot Indian from Maine, was one of the greatest college baseball stars of the 189Os. Following his days playing for Holy Cross and Notre Dame, he went directly into the major leagues with Cleveland's National League team in 1897, becoming the first of his race to play in the majors and the first minority athlete to play in the National League." This is a complete biography of Sockalexis, known during his playing days as "Chief of Sockem" and "Deerfoot of the Diamond." For three months, Sockalexis batted well over .300, hit home runs, and made incredible throws from the outfield, but he found it difficult to adjust to playing in the major leagues. He often found himself the object of ridicule and hatred from sportswriters and fans in other cities. Sockalexis began drinking heavily and was suspended by the Cleveland team for playing while intoxicated. His alcoholism brought his career to an unfortunate and premature end in 1899, and he died in 1913 at the age of 42. Shortly after his death, Cleveland's American League team was named the Indians and Chief Wahoo was adopted as its mascot, something that has sparked controversy in recent years and brought attention to Sockalexis once again.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786413836
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/30/2002
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 1,463,332
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Fleitz, author of six books on baseball history, is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. A computer systems analyst, he lives in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
1. Where the River Broadens Out 5
2. The College of the Holy Cross 20
3. From Worcester to Notre Dame 34
4. The National League 46
5. Tebeau's Indians 54
6. "He's the Stuff and He's the People" 68
7. The Polo Grounds 82
8. Fall from Grace 95
9. The 1898 Season 110
10. Sitting the Bench 119
11. "The Sorriest Shell of a Team Ever Seen..." 129
12. "A Sorrowful Spectacle..." 142
13. Bender, Meyers, and Andrew Sockalexis 157
14. The End of the Line 168
15. Louis Sockalexis and the Cleveland Indians 180
16. Epilogue 192
Appendix 1 William J. Fox Letter 197
Appendix 2 Sockalexis Statistics 199
Notes 201
Bibliography 213
Index 217
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