Charles Bender, Philadelphia Athletics pitcher

Black and white photograph of Charles Bender, 1911.


Charles Bender during the prime of his baseball career, 1911. Photograph by Paul Thompson. Bender, who is credited with inventing the slider (a type of breaking-ball pitch), was born on the White Earth Reservation of Ojibwe. He pitched in and won six World Series games—a first in the sport.

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