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Explorations Read-Aloud: “Baseball’s First Indian” by Ed Rice

Friday, November 25 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Every Friday, at 11:00 am, on the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, the library will stream a brand new recording of local thespian, Joseph Coté reading aloud selections from a wide variety of fascinating and entertaining books of fiction and non-fiction. This is a program to help keep our community connected to books during the pandemic when we are unable to meet in person.

For November 25, Coté will read aloud from Ed Rice’s book Baseball’s First Indian: Louis Sockalexis: Penobscot Legend, Cleveland Indian.

Summary: Born in 1871 on Maine’s Penobscot Indian reservation and nephew of a chief, Louis Sockalexis became professional baseball’s first American Indian player. Ultimately, his prowess on the diamond inspired the nickname Cleveland’s baseball team carried until 2022.

Baseball’s First Indian explores the brilliant but too-brief major league career of the “Deerfoot of the Diamond” at the end of the 1890s, follows his fall in New England’s minor leagues, and watches his final return to the reservation in Maine where he continued as a baseball coach and umpire.

Maine author Ed Rice’s fascinating study of the life of Louis Sockalexis is filled with game-by-game action and leavened by the flamboyant and colorful stories of 19th-century sportswriters who frequently invented what the truth would not supply. Every student of baseball history will treasure Baseball’s First Indian.

“The greatest natural talent I have ever encountered in this game.” Hall of Fame manager, John McGraw of the New York Giants

Click the links to find the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

Thoughts to share? Book ideas to suggest? Contact Joseph at friday-explorations@usa.net

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