Moses Fleetwood Walker
NAME: Moses Fleetwood Walker
BORN: October 1857
born, Mount Pleasant, Ohio (Jefferson County)
graduated, Oberlin College, 1881
OCCUPATION: athlete, baseball player
DIED: May 11, 1924, Cleveland, Ohio
Moses Walker and his brother, Weldy, helped start the Oberlin College baseball team. Oberlin was on the first colleges to integrate.
Moses went on to study law at the University of Michigan, but soon left to play professional baseball for the Toledo Mudhens. His primary postion was catcher. In 1883, this made him the first African American to ever play professional baseball.
Unfortunately, the team ultimately released him due to rules in other areas of the country prohibiting "colored" players.
Moses stayed in baseball for some years, with stops in Cleveland, Waterbury, Newark (NJ), Syracuse, and Terre Haute.
He retired from baseball in 1891, while with Oconto, Wisconsin in the Western League.
He wrote several books in his later years, including Our Home Colony," a sociological study on the condition of African Americans.