Baseball’s League of Nations to open tribute at Iroquois Museum during April

Dear Editor,

The Iroquois Indian Museum will present “Baseball’s League of Nations: a Tribute to Native American Baseball Layers” opening on April 1st and running through December 5, 2008. An opening reception and Benefit Party for the Museum will be held on Saturday, April 5, form 3-6 p.m. Baseball’s League of Nations is a multicultural tribute to Native Baseball players both past and present.

Did you know that Louis Sockalexis of the Penobscot Nation was the first Native American to appear on the Major League Baseball scene in 1897 as an outfielder for the Cleveland Spiders? This is half a century before Jackie Robinson officially integrated “America’s National Pastime” in 1947.

This historic exhibit also features Native American barnstorming teams such as Green’s Nebraska Indians. Of course, Iroquois teams and players are also featured including Native Educator and former Syracuse University pitcher Mike Tarbell, as well as his uncle Joe Tarbell who played with legendary Jim Thorpe at the Carlisle Indian School.

For information and detailed directions call the Museum at (518) 296-8949 or visit our website at

Dr. Heriberto Dixon, Trustee

Iroquois Indian Museum