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A memorial for a legendary baseball player

BANGOR - A monument to celebrate and properly commemorate one of Maine's first known Native American baseball player is set to be built with the help from the community.

 Author, Ed Rice said, "This man was in his own time legendary."

 

Louis Sockalexis broke the "Red" color barrier and was the first man of color to be allowed to play baseball without other players boycotting and refusing to play against him.

 

Member of Penobscot nation Ted Bare Mitchell said, "From an early age sock excelled in sports especially football track and field and baseball. He paved the way for other great native Americans like the Hall of Famer Charlie Bender, John Myers, and legendary Jim Core."

 

Rice wants to honor Louis Sockalexis by having a statue. There are a number of potential sites that played an important role in socks life like Indian Island, Old Town, and Bangor to be considered.

 

"What about on the state capitol grounds. What a wonderful idea that might be" said Rice.

 

Bass Park is also an option.

 

"Louis used to throw the ball over the grandstands there as a young man," said Rice.

 

Donations will be needed to help pay for the statue. Rice has created a nonprofit organization at the Bangor Savings Bank under "Louis Sockalexis Monument."

 

"We're looking at between 80,000 and 100,000 dollars," said Rice.

 

Rice is currently looking for a Maine sculpture who are interested in making this piece. "We've got one that's really interested in this and the reason is that he's got a part Native American background and he pitched against Rolly Eastwick."

 

Shonna Narine

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Shonna Narine joined the ABC7 and FOX22 team in August 2017. Originally from Long Island (although she hides her accent for TV) she's excited to see what Maine has to offer.

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