Published on July 2, 2012 by Amy
Chief Charlie Bender
Born: May 5, 1884
Died: May 22, 1954
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Charles Albert “Chief” Bender 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.
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.