"MISS MAUD NELSON, WITH OLSON'S CHEROKEE INDIAN BALL TEAM, WATERVLIET, MICH." circa 1910. This is the iconic image of Maud Nelson in a pitching stance. Reproduction and photographic enlargement of a postcard in the Sally Fox Collection, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Maud Nelson (born Clementina Brida, 1881-1944) was a leading figure in baseball throughout her lifetime. Famed as a pitcher (she became a professional pitcher at age 16), she also played third base, scouted, owned and managed premier baseball teams.
The Cherokee Indian Base Ball Club, composed largely of Native Americans, existed from approximately 1904 to 1912. The team was owned by Maud’s husband John B. Olson.
New 8"x12" b/w photograph, packaged in a clear cello envelope with backerboard. Basic information, including title and credit line, are printed along the bottom border of the print. Clarity of historic photos may not be up to contemporary standards.