Louis Sockalexis

  • Card series: Pioneer Portraits II: 1875-1899
  • City: Cleveland
  • Team: Spiders
  • League: National League

“The Deerfoot of the Diamond” (1871-1913). A Maine native & son of a Penobscot chief, Sockalexis was one of the most gifted athletes ever to play the game. A pioneering Native American, Sockalexis endured intimidation and abuse throughout his all-too-brief career. He starred for the Fighting Irish before joining the Cleveland Spiders in 1897. His legacy lives today whenever the Cleveland Indians take the field—many believe that mascot to be a post-mortem tribute to this early star.

  • Harvard professors measured his throw at 414′
  • While at Notre Dame, he homered in the Polo Grounds off future Hall of Famer Amos Rusie
  • John McGraw called him the “greatest natural talent” he had ever encountered in the game

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