On February 10, 1916, the Giants ask for waivers on Chief Meyers, but Brooklyn and Boston Braves both refuse the team’s request.
When the Robins owner Charles Ebbets and Braves owners Percy D. Haughton disagree on the status of the veteran catcher, a coin toss determines the 35 year-old will play for Brooklyn, where he will hit .235 in limited action over the next two seasons.
At the age of seven, Meyers’ father died, causing his mother to become even more important in his life. While playing baseball in a summer tournament, Ralph Glaze, a former pitcher, noticed Meyers’ extreme talent and convinced Dartmouth alumni to provide Meyers with cash, railroad tickets, and a doctored diploma.
Meyers hadn’t graduated from high school, but the fake diploma got him into Dartmouth. While attending classes and playing baseball, the school eventually discovered that his high school diploma was forged. Not wanting to complete a special program to get reinstated into Dartmouth, the 25-year-old catcher signed a baseball contract with an independent league.
Meyers was a Native American playing baseball in the dead-ball era. In the early 20th century, Indians were still stereotyped as stupid, but Chief Meyers belied this stereotype. Meyers was a sophisticated and logical man whose biggest regret was not finishing his college education.
In 1917, be played 47 games for the Robins, and 25 games for the Boston Braves. Overall for the 1917 season, he batted .225 with 7 RBIs.