May 2014 Issue

Baseball Genealogy

Moses "Fleetwood" Walker was born on October 7, 1856 in Mount Pleasant, Ohio. In 1884, Walker became the last black player to participate in a Major League came until Jackie Robinson. He played in 42 games that season as a catcher for the Toledo Blue Stockings. A team that was new to the American Association. His younger brother, Weldy (or Welday) would join him on the team as an outfielder for a five game stint. Below is the 1870 US Federal Census showing the young Walker brothers at age 11 and 9. They were living in Steubenville, Ohio at the time where their father, Moses, was a minister.
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