Louis Sockalexis of the Penobscot Nation was the first Native to appear on the Major League Baseball scene in 1897 as an outfielder for the Cleveland Spiders. That was half a century before Jackie Robinson officially integrated "America's National Pastime" in 1947.
This historic exhibit also features American Indian barnstorming teams such as Green's Nebraska Indians. Other teams and players featured include Native educator and former Syracuse University pitcher Mike Tarbell as well as his uncle Joe Tarbell, who played with the legendary Jim Thorpe at the Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, Pa.
This exhibit also explores the use of activities such as baseball in the assimilation of Native children at boarding schools into mainstream American culture. The use of American Indian logos and mascots will also be addressed by this exhibit.