The American Indian integration of baseball by Jeffrey Powers-Beck, Joseph B. Oxendine

By Jeffrey Powers-Beck, Joseph B. Oxendine

For lots of the access of Jackie Robinson into significant League Baseball in 1947 marked the start of integration in specialist baseball, however the access of yankee Indians into the sport throughout the prior half-century and the continual racism directed towards them isn't really besides recognized. From the time that Louis Sockalexis stepped onto an incredible League Baseball box in 1897, American Indians have had a presence in expert baseball. regrettably, it has now not regularly been welcomed or revered, and local athletes have confronted racist stereotypes, foul epithets, and abuse from lovers and avid gamers all through their careers. the yank Indian Integration of Baseball describes the reviews and contributions of yankee Indians as they courageously attempted to make their position in America’s nationwide video game through the first 1/2 the 20th century. Jeffrey Powers-Beck offers biographical profiles of forgotten local gamers equivalent to Elijah Pinnance, George Johnson, Louis Leroy, and Moses Yellow Horse, besides profiles of better-known athletes resembling Jim Thorpe, Charles Albert Bender, and John Tortes Meyers. Combining research of popular-press bills with documents from boarding faculties for local adolescence, the place baseball was once used as a device of assimilation, Powers-Beck indicates how American Indians battled discrimination and racism to combine American baseball.

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