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Baseball Player
    (May 5, 1884-May 22, 1954)
    Born in Crow Wing County, Illinois
    Birth name was Charles Albert Bender
    Part German, part Chippewa
    Pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics(1903-14), Baltimore Terrapins (1915), Philadelphia Phillies (1916-17), and Chicago White Sox (1925)
    212 wins, 127 losses
    1,711 strikeouts
    2.46 ERA
    Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee (1953)
    There is uncertainty about his date of birth, with May 3 sometimes given as the day, and 1883 and 1885 also listed as the year.
    He was suspended during the 1912 season for abusing alcohol; his next contract included a clause requiring him to abstain from drinking to earn his full salary.
    He was shelled by the 'Miracle Braves' in Game One of the 1914 World Series -- giving up six earned runs before being replaced in the sixth inning -- and was never a dominant pitcher after.
    He died shortly before the ceremony for his induction into the Hall of Fame.
    He won five of his seven starts in the three World Series that the A's won (1910-11,1913).
    He opened his own sporting goods store in Philadelphia (1914).
    He coached the US Naval Academy's baseball team (1924-28).
    He put up with racist taunts from opposing players and fans.
    Even sportscasters praising him would use racially-loaded language, such as describing him as having 'scalped' the other side during a victory.
    Connie Mack said, 'If I had all the men I've ever handled and they were in their prime and there was one game I wanted to win above all others, Bender would be my man.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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