OUR LOVE & “FOOTPRINTS” IN THE GAME THAT USHERED BLACKS IN AMERICAN SPORTS, “BASEBALL”

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The true first African American Baseball player, yet he was no yes man or boy. He stood for a new age black man and baseball was not ready for him and instread, shined its light on Jackie Robinson.

We post for the sports fans and our first love and pathways to the American sports world, “Baseball.” Sports have always been more than just a game to African Americans. It has been a life and death struggle in some cases. Even before America, we excelled. The African was blessed with physical prowess. Our nose is designed for more air flow, our muscle density is unique and conditions forced us to use running (like Native Americans) as the primary way to travel from one tribe or township to the other. Grace, smoothness and rhythm, or whatever you want to call it, is instilled in us by nature. Exposure to America only sharpened those physical gifts. They made us mate the strong with the strong and we were still forced to run as our means of travel. White plantation owners used black men for sport as entertainment. They had “hunt the nigger”, had forced boxing/fighting matches, foot races and all sorts of other things. So you know the sport that was left for our race of women! That’s why white men think so low of black women. Today we focus on an early sports star, tge real first African American in Major League BaseBall. He is Mr. Moses Fleetwood Walker. I’m definitely not taking anything away from the Great Mr. Jackie Robinson. He was a better player then Moses ever was and was better suited for the hate and discrimination. However, falsehood and myths swirl in our race. Know your truth and history. Let not another tell us about us! Jackie Robinson was not the first, Moses was.

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Mo’ne Davis captured hearts of “Americans in general” In her amazing skill and charisma in the Little League World Series 2014 and inspired little girls every where!

Sports in America, to the nation of blacks, both male and female, has been opportunity. It’s not just a game to African Americans. It has been a way out. A way to college, a way to become successful. Early in American history, the “black” has been a worker or entertainer. In work we learned, but in entertainment we earned. BlackAwarenessFoundation.com presents:

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“Racism chased him even after baseball and “Fleet” was charged and beat a murder charge. Read More…

Moses “Fleetwood” Fleet Walker waa born October 7,1856 in Moubt Pleasant, Ohio. He was an American Major League Baseball player, business owner and inventor. His life was full in a time of aggressive racism. His life evoked firsts and he led his life on his terms. He was not credited with being the first African American to play in the majors, but he was (save William Edward White). Why is he not revered as the first player to break the color barrier? He is not the perfect example that whites wish to show,. The son of a Doctor, Mr. Moses W. Walker Sr. Young Walker’s confidence comes from a father whom proved success could be! His father was the first doctor in Mount Pleasant and married a rich white woman.

“Fleetwood” played one season as a catcher for the then Toledo Blue Stockings, a club that just joined the Majors in the newly created American Association to rival the National League. It was Walker who eradicated the color barrier in the MLB. He was right out of high school where his father insisted he and his brother Weldy were educated. It was the public school system. “Boy you gotta know you’re black” his father would stress in their upper class world. Walker was heavily recruited by the University of Michigan. In 1884, Toledo joined the majors and called on “Fleetwood” as their catcher. He debuted May 1, 1884, opening day, versus Louisville Eclipse. The color line was broken and yet Walker was not the model of a tolerant man. He defended himself at every turn. He didn’t bend to the white hate, rarely spoke to team mates and waved bats at racist fans. His temperament was not what baseball or he was ready for. He often fought with his team mates, but some were indifferent and just played with him. Toledo’s star pitcher at the time, Tony Mulane said “Walker was the best catcher I seen, but I dislike the Negros and whenever I pitched to “IT” I didn’t wait for his signals, I just threw it.” Walker suffered many injuries by his own team as well as the rivals.

No disrespect to Jackie Robinson because was a much better player and the man to make an impact and open the door for the black baseball player. Pride was a quiet friend to Mr. Robinson and his game, wow! It was Hall Of Fame earned! I deal with the truths in our culture. Earlier, I spoke of William Edward White who played just one game before he was barred by the state! It was in 1879 for the Providence Greys. Let the facts be known! That one game is less than the impact “Fleetwood” had and less on the impact of the MLB, but not in his importance to black history. I just had to give Jackie his due credit. He made it happen for the long haul and the impact was felt world wide!

Why was he not revered? Moses Walker treated baseball as a game and was not the model baseball player wanted as a spokesman for change, nor did he wish to be. Walker suffered a season ending in July and Toledo folded as a team. The league change on paper was the black ban in baseball. This waa years before Branch Rickey’s door opening and fielding of a black player. So many things are blurred to fit America’s vision. Walker, the next year in 1888, signed with the Syracuse Stars of Syracuse, New York. In the first exhibition game, a Chicago player named “Big Anson” refused to play with a “Negro” and held up the game for hours. Fans chanted “NO NO THE NIGGER MUST GO”. The team benched Walker and went on to play the game. The team released him the next year. Walker was a great catcher and an average batter. In 1891, Walker retired from baseball. Still, his legacy in black history was not done. Walker being his fathers son, he became a business owner and purchased the Union Hotel in Steubenville, Ohio. It did excellent as a high class hotel. He thrust his education, began inventing and secured a patent with the U.S. military for exploding Artillery Shells in 1891.

Murder Acquittal:

The thing to say about Mr. Walker is he was his own man. He didn’t wait for time or permission from anyone. In late 1891, his arrogance was met with racism. The “Uppity Negro” was approached by three white men and attacked. Walker pulled a knife and stabbed one in the groin, killing him. The other two chased him screaming “Kill Him”. Walker escaped, but was later arrested by police. He hired the best lawyer in Ohio and plead self defense. In 1891, he was acquitted during trial. This led Walker to his next contribution to the African American race. His rise to Black Nationalism began to support the activist of the time. He wrote a pamphlet that became a masterpiece in black a “push-back’ness” movement of the day. The pamphlet was entitled “Our Home Colony: A Treatise on the Past, Present, and Future of the Negro Race in America.” His stance is one I think never was or will be embraced. “African Americans emigrate to Africa.” It was a Black Nationalism blueprint and a black college favorite. His death came in Cleveland Ohio on May 11, 1924.

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You should know the truth and the real life of a man “First” and fits in line with you and the family you know. Our Splendid Brother Moses “Fleetwood” Walker!

Moses “Fleetwood” Walker was a proud and able man who made marks in history in a time when most black men were just finding themselves in American society. He stood on his own feet and lowed ahead with goals. He was a great man in the face of discrimination. His life was amazing as he dealt with the hate of Jim Crow laws. It was said that he bought a diner that refused to serve him and kept all the workers. That is true Nationalism!

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