Dean Richardson – Baseball

Dean Richardson – Baseball

  Dean Richardson b. 1931
  Lois Sockalexis,
  First Native American Professional Baseball Player
Watercolor 11” x 14”

Who is the subject? Louis Francis Sockalexis (October 24, 1871 – December 24, 1913), nicknamed “The Deerfoot of the Diamond”, was an American baseball player. Sockalexis played professional baseball in the National League for three seasons, spending his entire career (1897-1899) as an outfielder for the Cleveland Spiders. A Native American from the Penobscot tribe, Sockalexis is often identified as the first person of Native American ancestry to play in Major League Baseball

Why this subject matter? Dean Richardson painted a series of baseball players and scenes always looking to the American past and trying to capture a short and vivid history full of contradictions, truths, lies, myths, heroics, brutality, greed and generosity. What is more American than baseball and in the images of Dean Richardson they document and explore American identity and character. He speculates on who we were, are and will become.

Lois Sockalexis is on view in the “Collecting Dean Richardson & More” exhibition                          open thru August 13th.