Sports (Spectator), Books, Lit, & Authors, Lectures

Sockalexis: The Original Cleveland Indian

When: Wed., July 15, 7-8:30 p.m. 2015

Louis Sockalexis, a member of the Penobscot tribe of Maine, was the first Native American to play major league baseball and the first recognized minority player of any kind in the National League. He arrived in the major leagues in 1897, a full 50 years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Though Robinson is (rightly) celebrated as a pioneer, Sockalexis has been largely forgotten. Learn about the challenges, victories and setbacks Sockalexis experienced with author and baseball historian David Fleitz. (Program includes admission to the Maltz Museum and to Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming America).

Price: $12; $6 Maltz Museum Members


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