Tuesday, August 8, 2006 | His name is Sequoyah Stonecipher, and the San Diego kid with the unique identity and uncommon baseball talent is one of the best high school players in the nation. A year from now he could be a high draft pick and a rich young man.
No, he wasn’t named for a California tree. That’s a question he often hears, never mind the difference in spelling.
Yes, he’s a surfer and his dad, Bill, owns Rocky’s, an Ocean Beach surf shop. But, no, Bill Stonecipher didn’t saddle his son with some off-the-wall surf-dog name.
“Sequoyah” has a much more regal history than any identity taken from Southern California beach culture.
His full name is Sequoyah Trueblood Stonecipher. He was named for his great grandfather on his mother’s side n Sequoyah Evonne Trueblood, a Choctaw and Chickashee Indian from Oklahoma.
In Oklahoma and parts of Arkansas, Sequoyah is a familiar name for an historic figure. In the early 1800s, Sequoyah created the Cherokee syllabary and taught thousands of Native Americans to read and write their language.