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Charles Albert "Chief" Bender

Chief Bender

John "Chief" Meyers, left, catcher for the New York Giants, talks with the Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Charles "Chief" Bender before the first game of the World Series at the Polo Grounds in 1911. Bender had two wins and a loss as the Athletics won the title four games to two.

Charles Albert Bender grew up on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota and attended both Carlisle Indian School and Dickinson College. He won 212 big league games, pitched in five World Series for the Athletics and ended his career with a stellar 2.64 ERA, including a no-hitter against Cleveland in 1910.

"If I had all the men I've ever handled and they were in their prime and there was one game I wanted to win above all others," said legendary A's manager Connie Mack, "Albert would be my man."