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Louis Sockalexis

Played for Indians from 1897-99

Penobscot Indian, nicknamed "Chief" by his teammates, Sockalexis allegedly inspired the team's name. Among the first Native Americans to play baseball, the Maine-born native played college ball at the University of Maine, Holy Cross, and Notre Dame before playing for the Cleveland Spiders. The team later took on the name of the Naps (to honor Napoleon Lajoie), but in 1914 took on a fan's suggestion to rename the team the Indians as a tribute to the late Sockalexis.

In recent years, this chain of events has been criticized by Native American activists, who charge that the explanation is pure fabrication to cover the racist image of Chief Wahoo.


Manager Lou Boudreau
First Baseman Jim Thome
Second Baseman Nap Lajoie
Third Baseman Al Rosen
Shortstop Omar Vizquel
Left Fielder Albert Belle
Center Fielder Tris Speaker
Right Fielder Manny Ramirez
Catcher Sandy Alomar, Jr.
RH Pitcher Bob Feller
LH Pitcher Sam McDowell
Closer Doug Jones
Designated Hitter Rocky Colavito

Roberto Alomar, Brian Anderson, Earl Averill, Bobby Avila, Buddy Bell, Ellis Burks, Rico Carty, Bartolo Colon, Stan Coveleski, Coco Crisp, Einar Diaz, Larry Doby, Elmer Flick, Tito Francona, Travis Fryman, Karim Garcia, Mike Garcia, Travis Hafner, Mel Harder, Jeff Heath, Jim Hegan, Joe Jackson, Addie Joss, Ken Kelmer, Ralph Kiner, Matt Lawton, Cliff Lee, Bob Lemon, Kenny Lofton, Victor Martinez, Jose Mesa, Charles Nagy, Steve O'Neill, Satchel Paige, Gaylord Perry, C.C. Sabathia, Herb Score, Joe Sewell, Grady Sizemore, Louis Sockalexis, Andre Thornton, Billy Traber, Hal Trosky, Jake Westbrook, Bob Wickman, Jaret Wright, Early Wynn, Cy Young

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