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Jack and Jill and the Toledo Mud Hens Celebrate Moses Fleetwood Walker Day at Fleetwoods

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

Due in large part to the efforts of State Sen. Edna Brown, the State of Ohio recently announced a new official day – Moses Fleetwood Walker Day. On Saturday, October 7 (Walker’s birthday), The Toledo Chapter of Jack and Jill and the Toledo Mud Hens took the opportunity to celebrate – the first statewide recognition of the Day – and to raise funds to send 50 local youth to baseball camp next summer.

Jack and Jill members Rhonda Sewell, Kelli Winston and Dee Dee Kent Dolsey

The celebration began at 7:30 p.m. when the band, Organized K-OS, took the stage and began to entertain the audience at Fleetwood’s Tap Room on St. Clair Street, across from Fifth Third Field. Joining the members of Jack and Jill were Mud Hens historian John Hussman and Pete Wagner of the Moses Fleetwood Walker Society.

Contrary to conventional modern-day history, Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who began his professional major league career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1947 season, was not the first openly black man to play professional baseball. That distinction belongs to Ohio native Walker, a former star athlete with both Oberlin College and the University of Michigan, who broke in with the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association in 1884 and retired from professional baseball in 1889. Unfortunately, Walker did not start a trend. Not until 1947 did another African American play professional baseball in the previously all-white major leagues.

“The place is packed, the game is on, and the "Sweet Blue" (cocktail in honor of Moses Fleetwood Walker) is being served!” said one of the Jack and Jill organizers Rhonda Sewell. “Thanks everyone for already making donations to send 50 youth in need to baseball camp at Fifth Third Field next summer! Happy Moses Fleetwood Walker Day!”


Organized K-OS

Michael Keedy, Kelli Winston, Pete Wagner, Rhonda Sewell, Dee Dee Kent Dolsey, Candice Harrison

Moses Fleetwood Walker



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