The Legacy of Louis Sockalexis:
the first-known Native American to play professional baseball
Thursday April 11 @ 6:00 p.m.
Ed Rice, former journalist, college instructor, and author of Baseball's First Indian, will be joining us to discuss the legacy of Louis Sockalexis, the man who definitively was the inspiration for the nickname of the Cleveland professional team, and a largely unrecognized, courageous civil rights icon representing Penobscot Nation and the state of Maine.
Ed will talk about the popularity of "town ball" in the State of Maine. Many college baseball players came to Maine, during the summer, to play for outstanding teams. This is how Sockalexis ca
me to be "discovered" and brought to Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Sockalexis paved the way for other pioneer American Indian baseball players, like Jim Thorp
e and Hall of Fame pitcher Charlie Bender.