Oberlin’s 1881 varsity baseball team included brothers Moses Fleetwood “Fleet” Walker (6) and Welday Walker (10), who played catcher, and second base, respectively. Fleet Walker, in 1884, joined the American Association’s Toledo Blue Stockings. Brother Welday later followed him about two months later, making them the first and second African Americans to play with a major league team. Racial discrimination, however, limited their time on the field and in the sport.
Efforts are under way to honor the pioneering athlete, who later founded a newspaper and wrote a book on race relations. The Ohio House of Representatives aspires to establish October 7 as Moses Fleetwood Walker Day, the ballplayer’s date of birth.
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