View Full Version : The myth of Jackie Robinson.

04-07-2011, 10:46 AM

The actual first black MLB player was not Jackie Robinson.

It was Moses "FLEETWOOD" Walker who debuted with the Toledo Blue Sox in 1884.

04-07-2011, 04:49 PM
So, did Moses Walker's first-time create an enduring integration of major league baseball? Probably not, since it had to be re-integrated in the '50s.

Was his breakthrough followed by ANY other black players' having entry to the major leagues at that time?

04-07-2011, 05:05 PM
That wasn't the point.

JR's integration of the game is truly significant, but he was not the first.

04-07-2011, 11:52 PM
Here's a couple of more names: (Google)
Interesting artice regarding one "William Edward "Bill" White," who played first base for the Providence Grays on June 21, 1879, possibly making HIM the first black major league baseball player.

While no one knows how he batted or threw, or how big he was...what is known is that he was a student at Brown University and he was born in 1860. And then there's the issue that Morris, and others, are investigating . . . his father was apparently Andrew J. (or A.J.) White, a Caucasian resident of Pike County (named after the discoverer of Pike's Peak), Georgia.

It is also thought that William Edward was born in Milner, GA. And, it's possible that his mother was Hannah White, who, in the terminology of the day, was described in the 1880 census as a "mulatto."


Aug 18 06, 4:17 PM

William Edward White (1860-?) played as a substitute in one baseball game for the Providence Grays, on June 21, 1879. Recent work by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) suggests that he may have been the first African-American to play major league baseball, predating the longer career of Moses Fleetwood Walker by five years.