Chief Bender's Burden

Chief Bender's Burden

The Silent Struggle of A Baseball Star

Book - 2008
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The greatest American Indian baseball player of all time, Charles Albert Bender, was, according to a contemporary, "the coolest pitcher in the game." Using a trademark delivery, an impressive assortment of pitches that may have included the game's first slider, and an apparently unflappable demeanor, he earned a reputation as baseball's great clutch pitcher during tight Deadball Era pennant races and in front of boisterous World Series crowds. More remarkably yet, "Chief" Bender's Hall of Fame career unfolded in the face of immeasurable prejudice. This skillfully told and complete account of Bender's life is also a portrait of greatness of character maintained despite incredible pressure--of how a celebrated man thrived while carrying an untold weight on his shoulders. With a journalist's eye for detail and a novelist's feel for storytelling, Tom Swift takes readers on Bender's improbable journey--from his early years on the White Earth Reservation, to his development at the Carlisle Indian School, to his big break and eventual rise to the pinnacle of baseball. The story of a paradoxical American sports hero, one who achieved a once-unfathomable celebrity while suffering the harsh injustices of a racially intolerant world, Chief Bender's Burden is an eye-opening and inspiring narrative of a unique American life.
Published: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9780803243217
Branch Call Number: 796.357 SWI
Characteristics: 339 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Jun 18, 2008

Born in 1884 near Brainard Minnesota Charles (Chief) Albert Bender began learning the skills to play baseball while living at the Carlisle Indian School which he started attending in 1896. He pitched for the Philedelphia Athletics managed by Connie Mack from 1903-1914, was one of the greatest clutch pitchers of his time, and amassed impressive numbers for a great team. In 1953 he became the first Native American ball player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.


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