— Ohio Historical Marker —Moses Fleetwood Walker was born on October 7, 1856 in Ohio to Moses M. Walker, a physician, and Caroline, a midwife. He attended and played baseball at Oberlin College and the University of Michigan. In 1883, Walker joined the newly formed Toledo Blue Stockings and became the first African American major league ballplayer when Toledo joined the Major League-sanctioned American Association the following year. As a barehanded catcher, his biggest assets were his catching ability, powerful throwing arm, and aggressive base running. He endured racial prejudice from teammates, opponents, and baseball fans, and eventually left to become a writer, inventor, civil rights advocate, and entrepreneur. Walker was elected to the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. He died in 1924 and is buried in Stuebenville, Ohio in the family plot at Union Cemetery.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series|
|Placed By||Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Toledo City Council, City of Toledo, and The Ohio Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, May 26th, 2016 at 5:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17T E 288484 N 4613871|
|Decimal Degrees||41.64853333, -83.53996667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 38.912', W 83° 32.398'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 38' 54.72" N, 83° 32' 23.88" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2-30 N Huron St, Toledo OH 43604, US|
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