Chief Bender's Burden: The Silent Struggle of a Baseball by Tom Swift

By Tom Swift

The maximum American Indian baseball participant of all time, Charles Albert Bender used to be, based on a latest, “the coolest pitcher within the game.” utilizing a hallmark supply, a magnificent collection of pitches that could have incorporated the game’s first slider, and an it sounds as if unflappable demeanor, he earned a name as baseball’s nice grab pitcher in the course of tight Deadball period pennant races and in entrance of boisterous international sequence crowds. extra remarkably but, “Chief” Bender’s corridor of status occupation spread out within the face of huge prejudice. Winner of the 2009 Seymour Medal, this skillfully informed and entire account of Bender’s lifestyles can be a portrait of greatness of personality within the face of impressive pressure.
With a journalist’s eye for element and a novelist’s suppose for storytelling, Tom rapid takes readers on Bender’s inconceivable journey—from his early years at the White Earth Reservation, to his improvement on the Carlisle Indian university, to his significant holiday and eventual upward push to the top of baseball. the tale of a paradoxical American activities hero, person who completed a once-unfathomable superstar whereas pain the cruel injustices of a racially illiberal international, Chief Bender’s Burden is an eye-opening and encouraging narrative of a different American life.

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If, say, he wanted more milk for his oatmeal, he had to ask. About the only thing Charley and his classmates could do without permission was to lift spoon to mouth. After breakfast, Charley marched across the three hundred–acre campus on his way to class. The landscape included elm and cherry trees, and several buildings that were whitewashed and arranged around a large 49 Tom Swift rectangle of sidewalk. Initially there were only sixteen buildings on the site, but by Bender’s time there were more than thirty.

It’s not entirely clear what precise curriculum was followed in Charley’s classrooms. The three Rs were taught along with science and art. Verbal ability was perhaps the most emphasized academic pursuit. Especially in the early years of the school, as Genevieve Bell noted, Carlisle relied on the “object” method of instruction—that is, the teacher would show a ruler, ball, or carrot, and the students would speak, write, and read the term almost in unison—made famous by Helen Keller. By the time Charley was a student there, the school required some basic literacy, and so possibly the lessons were increasingly rigorous.

It’s logical to assume that at the Home Bender first began to think about how he should live his life. The result would not square with traditional Indian ways. He had turned a corner—and there was no going back. Which didn’t mean he wouldn’t try to go back. The Educational Home’s intention was to make it unlikely that Charley and the others would return to the traditional life. ” Children typically remained at the school at least until the age of twelve. Charley Bender was at the Educational Home for five years when he was returned to White Earth for reasons that are not clear.

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