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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 09:05 AM
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36. John "Bud" Fowler and Moses Fleetwood Walker
these gentlemen are the first pro baseball players. Fowler was the first black professional player in 1878 (http://www.nlbpa.com/fowler__john_w__-_bud.html ) and Walker was the first black Major League player in 1884 (http://www.nlbpa.com/walker__moses_fleetwood.html ). Fowler was credited for inventing shin guards for baseball because he was a frequent and regular target for spiking by white players. He taped pieces of wood on his legs to protect himself. MLB became segregrated (for all practical purposes) in 1887 when the International League banned all future contracts for black players, but existing contracts remained in effect. MLB was de-segregated in the modern era in 1948 by Jackie Robinson.
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