Published on July 2, 2012 by Amy
Born:October 24, 1871
Died: December 24, 1913
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Louis Francis “Chief” Sockalexis, nicknamed The Deerfoot of the Diamond, was an American baseball player. Sockalexis played professional baseball in the National League for three seasons, spending his entire career (1897-1899) as an outfielder for the Cleveland Spiders
A Native American from the Penobscot tribe, Sockalexis is often identified as the first person of Native American ancestry to play in Major League Baseball, though many conflicting reports exist.