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Mose Yellowhorse: The first full-blooded American Indian to play in the MLB

When it comes to baseball, Oklahoma has a rich history... from Jim Thorpe to Mickey Mantle -- Willie Stargel to Johnny Bench -- and more recently, Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel all hailed from the Sooner State.

And then, there's Mose Yellowhorse.

"We do have a lot of folks that have a good stories about our people," Pawnee Nation Cultural Resources Director Herb Adson says. "He's one of them."

Mose was born January 28, 1898 in Pawnee, and became the first full-blooded American Indian to play in the Major Leagues when he debuted for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1921.

According to Herb, Yellowhorse developed his arm in a unique way at a young age.

"When they'd go hunting after a squrielle or rabbit, he would just use rocks. Instead of a bow and arrow, or whatever they had, he'd just use rocks."

"I didn't realize he was talented," Yellowhorse's cousin Georgia Adson says. "I didn't realize he had that, you know?"

Georgia grew up with "Uncle Mose", but wasn't aware just how talented the right-hander was. Over two seasons, Yellowhorse compiled an 8-4 record and a 3.93 earned run average, striking out 43 batters.

While with the Pirates, Mose was introduced to alcohol, which eventually ended his playing career - and ostracized him from the Pawnee tribe.

"I never seen him in that way - never. Never raised his voice, never used foul language. I never heard that."

Mose quit drinking cold-turkey in 1945, and subsequently found work with the Oklahoma State Highway Department...

"He helped build I-35."

Yellowhorse died in April of 1964 at the age of 66 - but, to this day, Georgia still cares for "Uncle Mose".

"When he passed away, no one would claim his body,"' Georgia says. "I know we all chipped in - there were four of us that chipped in for his headstone. That's one thing my oldest sister said - 'We always have to take care of Uncle Mose. No one's going to take care of him. It's up to us."

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