October 24 Birthday: Alexandra David-Neel

by Anne on October 24, 2010

Alexandra David-Neel, explorer

Oct. 24, 1868-Sept. 8, 1969

Far Beyond the Gate: Alexandra David-Neel’s Journey to Lhasa by Don Brown (Houghton Mifflin, 2002)

David-Neel did not represent the norm. This intrepid Victorian traveler and opera singer gloried in journeying to remote parts of the world. She became and the first Western woman to enter Lhasa, Tibet in 1924.

Alexandra David-Neel’s bio on Wikipedia offers additional info.

October 24 Birthday: Louis Sockalexis

by Anne on October 24, 2010

Louis Sockalexis, athlete

Oct. 24, 1871-Dec. 24, 1913

Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer by Bill Wise, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth (Lee & Low, 2007)

Sockalexis, the first Native American major league baseball player, won the hearts of fans with his incredible skill, but the prejudice he faced on the field and off was intense. A note in the Afterword mentions that almost fifty years after Sockalexis’ rookie year, African American Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the major leagues.

Visit the Official Site of the Cleveland Indians, Sockalexis’ team, then known as the Cleveland Spiders.