Request For a Day For All In Major League Baseball to Honor Native American Baseball Players


Request For a Day For All In Major League Baseball to Honor All Great Native American Baseball Players.
Mr. Allan H. "Bud" Selig 
Commissioner
Major League Baseball
245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10167


Greetings Mr.Selig,
We Being United Native Americans Would Like To Commend You For All Your Hard Work And Dedication to Preserving The Integrity and Credibility of America's Past Time, That Being Major League Baseball. We Further Commend You For Being a Humanitarian and For Promoting Peace And Prosperity For All In MLB. 
With All That Being Said, We would like to take this Time To Request a Day and a Time For All In Major League Baseball to Recognize and Pay Tribute to All of It's Greatest Baseball Players, Including The First Nations People of The Americas for Breaking The Color Barrier In Major League Baseball.

 

We Encourage Everyone to Write or Call Mr. Allan H. "Bud" Selig 

Commissioner

Major League Baseball

245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor

New York, NY 10167

Phone: 212) 931-7800

Fax: 212-485-3546

Help Take A Stand For The Truth To Be Shared, All of The Great Native American Baseball Players Should Be Honored By Major League Baseball For Breaking The Color Barrier in MLB Year's Year's Prior to Jackie Robinson.


We Feel That The Honoring of American Indian Baseball Players Is Long Over Due. Major League Baseball Should Honor All of The Many Native American Baseball Players Who Came Before The Great Jackie Robinson entered in April 15, 1947. For Breaking The Color Barrier For African Americans". 

 

We Hope that MLB Will Honor America's Indigenous Community By Setting Up a Day and a Time For All In Major League Baseball to Recognize and Pay Tribute All of It's Great Baseball Players.  

 

Sincerely,

 

United Native Americans


 

Re: Request For a Day and a Time For All In Major League Baseball to Recognize and Pay Tribute to Hall of Fame Pitcher Charles Albert Bender.

Mr. Allan H. "Bud" Selig 
Commissioner
Major League Baseball
245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10167


Greetings Mr.Selig,
We Being United Native Americans Would Like To Commend You For All Your Hard Work And Dedication to Preserving The Integrity and Credibility of America's Past Time, That Being Major League Baseball. We Further Commend You For Being a Humanitarian and For Promoting Peace And Prosperity For All In MLB. 
With All That Being Said, We would like to take this Time To Request a Day and a Time For All In Major League Baseball to Recognize and Pay Tribute to One of It's Greatest Baseball Players, That Person Being Charles Albert Bender. 
Charles Albert Bender  (May 5, 1884[1] %u2013 May 22, 1954) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball during the first two decades of the 20th century. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.
Source For Charles Albert Bender Biography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief_Bender

Early life1903 E107 "Chief" Bender(Collection RC)

Bender was born in Crow Wing County, Minnesota as a member of the Ojibwa tribe - he faced discrimination throughout his career, not least of which was the stereotyped nickname ("Chief") by which he is almost exclusively known today.

[edit]Baseball career

After graduating from Carlisle Indian Industrial School and attending Dickinson College, Bender went on to a stellar career as a starting pitcher from 1903 to 1917, primarily with Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics (though with stints at the end of his career with the Baltimore Terrapinsof the short-lived Federal League, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Chicago White Sox).

Over his career, his win-loss record was 212-127, for a .625 winning percentage (a category in which he would lead the American League in three seasons). His talent was even more noticeable in the high-pressure environment of the World Series: in five trips to the championship series, he managed six wins and a 2.44 ERA. In the 1911 Series, he pitched three complete games, which tied Christy Mathewson's record of three complete games in a World Series. He also threw a no-hitter in 1910.

Bender was well liked by his fellow players. Longtime roommate and fellow pitcher Rube Bressler called him "One of the kindest and finest men who ever lived." Ty Cobb called him the most intelligent pitcher he ever faced. Bender was also known as one of the best sign-stealers of his time; Mack often put this skill to use by occasionally using him as the third-base coach on days he wasn't scheduled to pitch.

He was greatly respected for his quiet demeanor, and was well known for handling racial taunts gracefully. When fans heckled him or greeted him with war whoops on the field, he would answer them by cupping his hands around his mouth and shouting, "Foreigners! Foreigners!"

When the upstart Federal League offered him a significant increase in salary, Mack knew he couldn't hope to match it and released him. However, Bender went 4-16 for the Terrapins, and later regretted leaving Philadelphia.

After two years with the Phillies, he left baseball in 1918 to work in the shipyards during World War I. He came back to coach for the Chicago White Sox and even made a cameo appearance on the mound in 1925. But his heart remained tied to Philadelphia. Mack kept him on the Athletics' payroll as a scout, minor league manager or coach from 1926 until Mack retired at the end of the 1950 season.

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Bender was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1953, less than one year before his death. In 1981,Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included him in their book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time.

[edit]The Slider

The innovator of the slider is debated, but some credit Bender as the first to use the slider, then called a "nickel change", in the 1910s.[2] Bender used his slider to help him achieve a no-hitter and win 212 games in his career.[3]

 

Charles Albert Bender Should Be Revered By Major League Baseball For Breaking The Color Barrier in MLB 44 Year's BEFORE Jackie Robinson.

We Feel That "Bender's Honoring Is Long Over Due. Major League Baseball Should Honor Him Like They Do Jackie Robinson For Breaking The Color Barrier For African Americans". 
We Hope that MLB Will Honor America's Indigenous Community By Setting Up a Day and a Time For All In Major League Baseball to Recognize and Pay Tribute One of It's Greatest Baseball Players, That Person Being Charles Albert Bender.  
Sincerely,

United Native Americans

 

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