Book cover of Contenders: Two Native Baseball Players, One World Series

Contenders

ISBN

9780593406472

Publisher & Publication Year

Kokila, 2023

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Author

Traci Sorell (Cherokee Nation)

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Illustrator

Arigon Starr (Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma)

Synopsis

Summary

This book tells the true story of John Meyers and Charles Bender, who in 1911 became the first two Native AMerican professional baseball players to face off in a World Series. Charles Bender grew up on the White Earth Reservation in Northwestern Minnesota, while John Meyers was raised on the Cahuilla reservation in Southern California. Despite their mutual respect for each other, the media was determined to pit them against each other. Nonetheless, the two men continued to break barriers and went on to play a combined total of nine championships.

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Reviews

Kirkus Reviews: “Profiles of the first two Native players to make history… A lesser-known but significant encounter with all-too-current resonances.”

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