Native american baseball pioneer, winner of the carter g. Aug 04, 2016 click here book 07864832books louis sockalexis. The boy lived on a reservation in maine where his father was a tribal leader. Mar 18, 2014 thats the sort of coverage louis sockalexis got in 1898. Louis francis sockalexis october 24, 1871 december 24, 19, nicknamed the deerfoot of.
But regardless, i stumbled across a 2010 obak tristar sockalexis card. I do own a biography on him and have read it a few times. Louis francis sockalexis was born on the penobscot indian reservation. It tells of his struggle as a minority to make it in the big leagues.
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. Andrew sockalexis olympic athletics united states of. Louis francis sockalexis was born on the penobscot reservation in old town, maine, on october 24, 1871. The south bend tribune of march 18, 1897 has the article where sockalexis is mentioned as being released for his conduct from notre dame. Ed rice, a 70yearold retired journalist and teacher from maine who researched and wrote the 2003 book. Search books by title, author last name, keyword and isbn. These forums are devoted to both pre and post war baseball cards and vintage memorabilia, as well as other sports. Louis sockalexis, a member of the penobscot indian tribe of maine, played in only 94 major league games, but is remembered today as the first native american, and first recognized minority, to perform in the national league. The cleveland indians, louis sockalexis, and the name. He was signed by the cleveland spiders in 1897, fifty years before jackie robinson broke baseballs color barrier with the brooklyn dodgers. He was put down by his teammates and fans as well just because of the color of his skin.
This site is like a library, use search box in the widget to get ebook that you want. Feb 01, 2018 ed rice, a 70yearold retired journalist and teacher from maine who researched and wrote the 2003 book. May 09, 2017 louis sockalexis tribe angry about chief wahoo, logo obviously does not honor his legacy posted by sam allard on tue, may 9, 2017 at 11. The book is available through all maine bookstores and on. Our campaign, the louis sockalexis monument fund, is a nonprofit organization. All author royalties from this edition will go in support of the louis sockalexis monument. Minor league sabrs baseball cards research committee. Thats the sort of coverage louis sockalexis got in 1898. Louis sockalexis tribe angry about chief wahoo, logo obviously does not honor his legacy posted by sam allard on tue, may 9, 2017 at 11. With determination, courage, and quiet dignity, louis sockalexis smashed racial barriers and home runs, leaving an indelible mark on americas favorite sport. Though they coasted into october thanks to a weak division, the cleveland indians appeared well structured for postseason success.
The boy lived on a reservation in maine where his father was a tribal. As he grew up, sockalexis honed his skills and dreamed of joining a major league team. His older cousin was baseball player louis sockalexis. See more ideas about cleveland indians, indians baseball and cleveland indians baseball. Teaching tip if students read the afterword or do additional research on louis sockalexis, they will learn that he was an alcoholic, and the disease played a role in ending his short career in the major leagues. On march 9, 1897, sockalexis signed a major league contract with the cleveland spiders. Native american baseball pioneer by bill wise is the true story of the first native american, from the penobscot tribe of maine, to play major league baseball.
Thought this was a book and more extensive treatment of the subject. His father had built a track and encouraged andrew to run. Native american baseball pioneer by bill wise 2007, hardcover at the best online prices at ebay. Louis sockalexis download ebook pdf, epub, tuebl, mobi.
Louis sockalexis, a penobscot indian from maine, was one of the greatest. On a maine summer day in 1884, twelveyearold penobscot indian louis sockalexis first fell in love with baseball. Click download or read online button to get louis sockalexis book now. Louis sockalexis society for american baseball research. Each spring i try to read at least one baseball book to mark the. Buy autograph book book online at best prices in india on. May 30, 2009 facing off against the most feared pitcher in baseball, louis proved he belonged in the sport.
However, mcdonald, a journalist, provided rich details about the name change origins. Buy autograph book book online at low prices in india. Ed rice left at louis sockalexis grave site in 2003. Louis sockalexis, a member of the penobscot indian tribe of maine, played in only. Louis sockalexis, a penobscot indian from maine, was one of the greatest college baseball stars of the 1890s. As he grew up, louis honed his skills and dreamed of one day joining a major league team. Its that dream that compelled me one night to enter the name louis sockalexis into the search field on ebay. The new and revised paperback edition of baseballs first indian has been released by down east books of maine. Just a month later, on april 22, sockalexis made his.
This is the story of louis sockalexis was a true native american baseball pioneer. The archives at holy cross university has one autographed cabinet card. The book is by a gentleman by the name of cappy gagnon. Before alcohol derailed his promising career, he was a. He was signed by the cleveland spiders in 1897, fifty years before jackie. Sockalexis was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on april 22, 1897, with the cleveland spiders. R, 4x hr leader, born in md 1886, died 1963, home run. Rice wrote the biography of sockalexis found in the indians media guide, and helped write copy for displays at progressive field honoring sockalexis. Sockalexis played professional baseball in the national league for three seasons, spending his entire career 18971899 as an outfielder for the cleveland spiders a native american from the penobscot tribe, sockalexis is often identified as the first. The 175 card series two set was released several months later in february, 204. Sockalexis was born on january 11, 1892, in old town, maine, a member of the penobscot indian nation. Facing off against the most feared pitcher in baseball, louis proved he belonged in the sport. Louis encountered opposition at every turn, from the jeers of teammates and the taunts of spectators to the disapproval of his father.
Classroom guide for louis sockalexis native american baseball. In february of 2000 he wrote the biographical profile of louis sockalexis which annually appears in the cleveland indians media guide and on the teams web site pages. Rice also spearheaded the nomination drive that led to the induction of both louis and andrew sockalexis into the national american indian athletic hall of fame in lawrence. Louis sockalexis, a penobscot indian from maine, was one of the greatest college baseball stars of. Josh gibson, other negro leaguers on autograph page. Neither chief wahoo nor the indians nickname honor the. First cleveland indian by david l fleitz excellent condition at the best online prices at ebay. Did louis sockalexis inspire the cleveland indians team name. Native american baseball pioneer bill wise, bill farnsworth on. Dedicated to preserving the life and legacies of the firstknown native american baseball player, louis sockalexis, penobscot indian from maine. These cards were issued in eightcard packs which came 20 packs to a box and 10 boxes to a case. Jeffrey powersbeck notes that sockalexis had to walk the line of good indian versus bad indian and had become the indian mascot.
Following his days playing for holy cross and notre dame, he went directly into the major leagues with clevelands 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. Sockalexis played professional baseball in the national league for three seasons, spending his entire career 18971899 as an outfielder for the cleveland spiders. This 165 card series one set was released in july, 2003. Here is the inspiring story of a boy who dared make his dream a reality. The forgotten story of louis sockalexis the first native american in major league baseball seems at first to treat the subject matter, and the origins of the indians name change in 1915, with simplicity often found in trade books. Feb 03, 2017 native american baseball pioneer louis sockalexis faded into obscurity because of his drinking problem. Download pdf louissockalexis free online new books in. Louis sockalexis tribe angry about chief wahoo, logo. He was the son of francis sockalexis, a logger who later served as governor formerly called chief of the penobscot, and the former frances sockbeson. In 1897, he signed a contract with the cleveland spiders, even though his father insisted that his rightful place was on the reservation. Louis broke into the majors almost 50 years before jackie robinson came on the scene and this fact is not very well known to students or even to teachers. Louis sockalexis for the win for the win what fans. Louis sockalexis was born on tuesday, october 24, 1871, in indian island, maine. Louis sockalexis baseball stats by baseball almanac.
Learn more about the life, challenges, and accomplishments of sockalexis. He would succumb to the temptation of the spirits and become a chronic alcohol abuser. Stats awards fabulous feats famous firsts hall of fame hitting charts legendary lists pitching charts record books rules scoring. Oh, i just found my book and it has about 4 pages on sockalexis. Official profile of olympic athlete andrew sockalexis born 11 jan 1891, including games, medals, results, photos, videos and news. Woodson book award and the childrens book award from the international reading association.664 27 644 416 559 939 273 884 145 955 1128 921 1026 284 282 1411 868 926 1172 171 432 1419 1312 1472 1076 580 935 789 531 279 980 686 1251 1089 1027