David Fleitz: Toledo Baseball’s Color Line

Friday, August 10, 1883 promised excitement for baseball fans in Toledo. The Toledo team of the Northwest League played host to the three-time world champion Chicago White Stockings, and thousands jammed League Park at Monroe and 13th Streets to see the greatest team in baseball and its star player-manager, Cap Anson. What the crowd could not know was that this game would mark a turning point in the history of baseball.

The controversy involved a member of the Toledo team.

Friday, August 10, 1883 promised excitement for baseball fans in Toledo. The Toledo team of the Northwest League played host to the three-time world champion Chicago White Stockings, and thousands jammed League Park at Monroe and 13th Streets to see the greatest team in baseball and its star player-manager, Cap Anson. What the crowd could not know was that this game would mark a turning point in the history of baseball.

The controversy involved a member of the Toledo team. Toledo



Originally published: May 27, 2003. Last Updated: May 27, 2003.

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