Charles Bender, Philadelphia Athletics pitcher

Black and white photograph of Charles Bender, 1911.

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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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