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The Past History of Places around Ohio. including disasters

Chief Wahoo – FACTS


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to the Cleveland Indians organization, its mascot, Chief Wahoo, was not created
to offend American Indians, but to honor them. The team says both the team name
and Chief Wahoo pay homage to an early baseball player, Louis Sockalexis, one of
the first American Indians to play professional baseball.

Born in 1871 on a Maine reservation, Sockalexis rose to become a college
baseball superstar at Holy Cross and Notre Dame.

Then called the Cleveland Spiders, the professional National League organization
signed Sockalexis, a Penobscot Indian, in 1897. His first season, Sockalexis
batted .338 with eight triples and 16 stolen bases.

Racism wasn’t a stranger to the baseball stadiums. Spectators would shout racial
slurs and emulate war dances at him when he was up at bat.preview

Later that year, his promising career was cut short by an ankle injury, which
occurred when a drunk Sockalexis jumped from a second-story window at a party.
The injury forced him to an occasional appearance onCleveland’s lineup for the
next two seasons. His baseball career was over by age 27.

The injury prompted press reports to cite another American Indian stereotype —
alcohol abuse — as the reason his career ended.

In 1915, two years after Sockalexis died at age 42, theCleveland team — no
longer called the Spiders but the Naps — changed its name to the Cleveland

The ballclub maintains that the name change was to honor Sockalexis, though
critics doubt the motive.

In 1948, the Indians’ owner at the time, Bill Veeck, commissioned a 17-year-old
named Walter Goldbach to design a mascot. The result: an orange-faced Indian
with a large nose and big teeth later dubbed Chief Wahoo.

The image underwent several revisions in the next several decades in an attempt
to quell complaints from American Indians that the caricature was racist.

In 1973, then-owner Nick Mileti asked for another revision to give Chief Wahoo a
more politically correct look. That logo lasted for almost 10 years before more
revisions eventually paved the way to the current Chief Wahoo.



Shelby, OH Shelby Steel Tube Co Fire, Jan 1904

Shelby, OH Shelby Steel Tube Co Fire, Jan 1904

Shelby OH Steel Tube Factory Fire 6-18-1908


Three Million Dollars Worth of Tubing Destroyed.

Shelby, O., Jan. 21. — The United States Steel corporation sustained a $3,000,000 loss by fire last night at the plant of the Shelby Steel Tube company. The fire started from a defective electric wire. The product of the entire plant for the past six months, consisting of 800,000 tons, making in all 25,000,000 feet of finished product, valued at $3,000,000, was destroyed within an hour. Battered and twisted the finished product lies in a heap and is almost a total loss. The stock consisted mostly of locomotive boiler flues and other government work of various kinds. The fire was confined to the stock buildings, which cost $100,000.

The tubing manufactured by the Shelby plant was used extensively by the government for boiler flues in United States war vessels.

The Daily Review Decatur Illinois 1904-01-21


Shelby Steel Works Burned.

The United States Steel Corporation sustained an indefinite loss by fire at the plant of the Shelby Steel Tube Company. The fire started in one of the smaller stock rooms from a defective electric wire and spread to the larger stock rooms, completely destroying all of them. The product of the entire plant for the past six months was destroyed within an hour, consisting of 800,000 tons, making in all 25,000,000 feet of finished product and valued at $3,000,000.

The Indiana Democrat Pennsylvania 1904-01-27