Who was the first African American major league baseball
player? If your answer is Jackie Robinson, think again. It was
Fleetwood Walker (7 Oct. 1857-11 May 1924).
"Fleet" as he was popularly known, began his
professional baseball career in 1883 with the Toledo Blue Stockings of
the Northwestern League. In 1884, when the league champions joined the
major league American Association, Walker became the first black major
leaguer in history. Fleet’s Divided Heart is a story of the social
obstacles, fictitious opinions common among race theorists in 19th
century America and the personal impact it had on this truly talented
athlete, inventor, entrepreneur, and entertainer.
Title: Fleet Walker's Divided Heart: the
life of baseball's first black major leaguer
Media Type: CD; set of 7 CD's
His biography tells us something about the growth
of intercollegiate sports, about the personal successes and traumas of
"double consciousness," in Du Bois's term, but especially about the
closing of the window of racial tolerance that had been partially open
for a few years after 1865.