Celebrate the first-ever Moses Fleetwood Walker Day

Daily Dose  |  10/06/2017 3:00 pm

On Saturday, October 7, the Toledo Mud Hens and The Toledo Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., are throwing a birthday celebration at Fleetwood’s Tap Room for Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first black man to play major league baseball.

Walker played 46 games for the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1883 and helped the team to the Northwestern League pennant. This propelled both Toledo and Walker into the American Association where, on May 1, 1884, he became the first acknowledged African-American to play in a professional game, preceding Jackie Robinson by 63 years.

The State of Ohio has now recognized his accomplishments.  Recently, Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill naming October 7 Moses Fleetwood “Fleet” Walker Day in Ohio each year.

Let’s Celebrate!  The party begins at 7:30 p.m. at Fleetwood’s Tap Room in Hensville.

7:30 p.m. Live music:  O.K. Trio
8:00 p.m. Welcome & Intro Special Guests:
8:15 p.m. Happy Birthday Moses Fleetwood Walker Toast (cake will be served)
8:20 p.m. Live music:  O.K. Trio (until 9:30 p.m.)

The party is free with a suggested donation of $15 accepted at the door benefiting the Toledo Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. and Helping Hens Charitable Fund.  The event goal is to send 50 Toledo-area children to the 2018 baseball camp at Fifth Third Field.