Warner's Ranch baseball team. San Diego County, early 1900's
There were and still are teams on almost all Indian Reservations
throughout the country. California tribal teams can boast a strong
number of players that have gone on to play on professional teams.
One such Cahuilla player was “Chief” Meyers (Santa Rosa,
Cahuilla), who played on reservation teams before joining the major
leagues. John Joseph Andreas (Agua Caliente, Cahuilla), a contemporary
of Meyers, probably competed against him in those same Indian leagues.
Andreas was patriarch of three generations of Indian ballplayers. His
son Anthony Andreas starred as shortstop and pitcher for the Morongo
Reservation all-Indian team which traveled around inland southern
California and Arizona, playing in the desert heat while wearing the
heavy wool uniforms of their time.
John Joseph’s grandsons, John Damon Andreas and Anthony Andreas,
Jr., both played on reservation teams. John got his start in a boys’
summer league sponsored by the Agua Caliente Reservation. Scouted by
the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers while in high school, John
never made it to the major leagues but taught baseball fundamentals to
youngsters in and around the Banning area.