CREEK MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PITCHER ALLIE “SUPER CHIEF” REYNOLDS DIED
Born February 10, 1917, in Bethany, Oklahoma, his mother was a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Attending what is now Oklahoma State University on a track scholarship, Reynolds also played football and baseball. While drafted by the football New York Giants, he signed with baseball’s Cleveland Indians. His first major league appearance was on September 17, 1942. Not eligible to serve in World War II, Reynolds led the American League in strikeouts in 1943. Traded to the New York Yankees before the 1947 season, Reynolds went 19-8 with a .704 winning percentage. In 1950, he won 16 games despite bone chips in his elbow. In 1951, he was 17-8, and pitched 2 no-hitters. Reynolds’s career ended in 1954 after a bus accident. As a player representative, he helped establish a players’ pension fund. A member of the Creek Nation, Reynolds was president of the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He died in Oklahoma City.
Source: Claire Smith, "Allie Reynolds, Star Pitcher For Yankees, Is Dead at 79," The New York Times, 12/28/1994. Retrieved 7/23/2019, https://www.nytimes.com/1994/12/28/obituaries/allie-reynolds-star-pitcher-for-yankees-is-dead-at-79.html Wikipedia Photo: Bowman Gum, 1953. Public domain in U.S.: Copyright, if one existed, was not renewed.