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What nearly forgotten event of what should have been cultural significance happened in MLB on 5/1/1884?
12-29-2003, 04:50 PM
Truly, a superb question. Unfortunately the event in question turned out to be of fleeting importance.
Yup, you got it. Lets see who else does.
12-29-2003, 05:08 PM
Yup, you got it. Lets see who else does. Holy Moses! How wood somebody know something that happened over 100 years ago when people had to walk because there weren't any cars.
Ok, smarty-pants-people. What does the word "Weldy" have to do with any of this?
12-29-2003, 05:17 PM
Fleet Walker became the first black Major League player in American Association's Toledo Blue Stockings.
A very good question and we should remember it.
12-29-2003, 07:04 PM
It should also be remembered that 12 years before Jackie Robinson, the Senators mostly unsuccessfully tried to pass Roberto Estalella as a light skinned (and thus acceptable) Latino. Interviews with Calvin Griffith showed that he believed Estalella to be black, though Estalella himself did not consider himself black but mulatto. He was able to play (sparingly in spite of having great talent) because he spoke spanish and thus evaded the Judge. (It should be noted that the penny pinching Senators had several Cuban players who were considered black by some, due to the low wages that they were paid and that most could be passed off as white).
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