Native Americans significant in Baseball History
When Kyle Lohse toed the rubber for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series, it marked the first time that a Native American pitcher started a Series game since New York Yankees hurler Allie Reynolds won Game 6 in the 1953 Series. A member of the Nomlaki Wintun American Indian tribe from Chico, Calif., Lohse is one of three Native Americans currently playing in the major leagues.
Prior to Lohse, Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain, a Winnebago Indian born in Lincoln, Neb., was the last Native American pitcher to appear in the World Series, making three relief appearances against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 Fall Classic.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, a Navajo from Madras, Ore., who finished second in this year’s American League MVP voting, rounds out the list of Native Americans currently playing in the Major Leagues.