The month of April marks the official opening of baseball season. Long on tradition and known for celebrating its own history, baseball is well-documented in library collections throughout the United States. Many people are familiar with the name Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the Major Leagues and the subject of a new documentary film by Ken Burns. Far fewer are even aware of the first Native American major leaguer, Louis Sockalexis (Penobscot), who played 50 years earlier. From his personal story through the mascot controversy and more, these four selections currently on display in the public reading area of the library discuss the complex connections between American Indians and what some refer to as “America’s favorite pastime”. Please feel free to visit the library to review these or any other items of interest in the library and archives collections. For more details or additional collection information, click on the Search Catalog link located in the pull-down menu of the library tab on the Heard website.
60 feet, 6 inches and other distances from home : the (baseball) life of Moses YellowHorse
Duluth, Minn. : Holy Cow! Press, 2002
Heard call number GV865.Y45 F85 2002
Miko Kings : an Indian baseball story
San Francisco : Aunt Lute Books, 2007
Heard call number PS3608.O95 M56 2007
Indian summer : the forgotten story of Louis Sockalexis, the first Native American in major league baseball
[Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale ; [New York] : Distributed to the book trade by St. Martin’s Press, c2003
Heard call number GV865.S588 M33 2003
The American Indian integration of baseball
Powers-Beck, Jeffrey P.
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c2004
Heard call number E98.G2 P6 2004