Moses Fleetwood Walker (Toledo History)
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Have you ever heard of Moses Fleetwood Walker?
He made history throughout his lifetime and left a footprint here in Toledo.
Moses Fleetwood Walker was a baseball player for the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1883. He was the first African American to play baseball in the major league. Interestingly enough, he was a barehanded catcher! He had additional talents such as having a strong, powerful throwing arm and the ability to run bases like no other. His impressive skills elected him into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
Leading up to the Major League
Moses Fleetwood Walker had quite the baseball career when he enrolled in college. At twenty-five years old, he soon found himself to be a main hitter and catcher at Oberlin College. While at Oberlin College, he started off as a great student but as his attraction for baseball increased, his grades suffered. Oberlin's last game of the season was against the University of Michigan, which Walker was offered to transfer over to Michigan because they were impressed with his performance.
After he played with the University of Michigan, he was off to New Castle, Pennsylvania. Every team that had the privilege of having him all say that Walker was an incredible player and most notably, a phenomenal catcher.
1883 was the year Moses Fleetwood Walker left school and followed his passion to play professional baseball in Toledo.
Walker faces trouble
Playing 42 games with Toledo Blue Stockings, Walker was the only African American to play in the Major League until Jackie Robinson in 1947.
Toledo has great pride for Moses Fleetwood Walker and honors him through this mural in the Warehouse District, as well as a historical marker located at Fifth Third Field, and a Jūpmode t-shirt to pay tribute to his greatness!
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