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 Moses Fleetwood “Fleet” Walker

Moses Fleetwood “Fleet” Walker

Birth
Mount Pleasant, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA
Death 11 May 1924 (aged 67)
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Burial Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section P, Lot V
Memorial ID 1565 · View Source
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One of the first African-Americans to play Major League Baseball. Mr. Walker was the first African American to play major league baseball. In 1883, he joined the Toledo (Ohio) Blue Stockings, which joined the American Association the following year under the name of the "Toledos". The city of Toledo fielded an American Association team into the '40's under several names, the most famous of which was the Toledo Mud Hens. With the demise of the American Association, they joined the International League with which they are still affiliated. By 1889, blacks were uniformly barred from the high minor leagues and major leagues until 1947, when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. During his career, Mr. Walker also played for Oberlin College and The University of Michigan.

Bio by: Joe Hendrikx


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1565
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Moses Fleetwood “Fleet” Walker (7 Oct 1856–11 May 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1565, citing Union Cemetery, Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .