Senator Brown Applauds Passage Of Moses Fleetwood Walker Day Bill
H.B. 59 designates October 7th as "Moses Fleetwood Walker Day" in Ohio
September 20, 2017
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Columbus – Today, Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) applauded the passage of House Bill 59, sponsored by Representatives David Leland and Thomas West. House Bill 59 designates October 7th as “Moses Fleetwood Walker Day” in honor of the first African-American baseball player under contract. Senator Brown carried companion legislation (Senate Bill 73) in the Senate.

“Moses Fleetwood Walker is relatively unknown compared to Jackie Robinson,” said Senator Brown. “However, his baseball career began over half-a-century prior to Jackie’s. I’m pleased that this bill was passed in recognition of the man who truly broke the barrier prohibiting black men from playing organized baseball.”

Born in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, Moses Fleetwood Walker played baseball for the Toledo Blue Stockings when the team was admitted to the American Association in 1884. The American Association was a professional baseball league that existed for ten seasons, beginning in 1882 and ending in 1891.

In addition to his athletic achievements, he attended Oberlin College as a student-athlete and received his undergraduate degree. He later went on to attend law school at the University of Michigan.

Walker is set to be inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame on October 5, 2017.

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