Cleveland’s baseball team dishonors the Indian it was named for

Cleveland’s baseball team dishonors the Indian it was named for
Louis Sockalexis (Image via FrontPage Mag)

[Ed. – Moral: Be careful whose statue you topple.]

Have you heard of Louis Sockalexis? Some of our great-grandfathers marveled at his feats. He was a Penobscot Indian from Maine who became a major league player in 1897, hitting .338 in 66 games for the old National League Cleveland Spiders. He generated a great deal of fan enthusiasm, but indifferent to or unable to overcome stereotypes, he succumbed to alcoholism and had washed out of the major leagues by 1899. … It was not until 1915, however, that Cleveland’s American League team began calling itself the Indians in honor of Sockalexis. He hadn’t played … in a decade and a half, but was newly recalled to fans when he died an untimely death from tuberculosis in 1913. … [I]n January 1915, Cleveland team owner Charles Somers, “perhaps recalling the all-too-brief period of excitement that Louis Sockalexis had brought to Cleveland in 1897, dubbed his team the Indians.”

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