Law: Baseball pioneer Moses Fleetwood Walker honored with new mural in Ohio

From Mark Law at The Herald-Star on October 8, 2018, with mention of SABR member Craig Brown:

The life of Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African-American to play professional baseball, was remembered Sunday as the community gathered to dedicate a mural in his honor.

The mural, in the 100 block of North Third Street, is beside a mural featuring President Abraham Lincoln. City Mayor Jerry Barilla said Lincoln freed slaves through the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and Walker was the first African-American to play professional baseball 21 years later.

Barilla noted Walker is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Walker was born in Mount Pleasant in 1856 but grew up in Steubenville, attending Steubenville High School and playing baseball on the North End ball field.

Walker faced racial discrimination when he went to the big leagues.

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Originally published: October 8, 2018. Last Updated: October 8, 2018.