#Spotlight - Baseball Firsts
#Spotlight – This week we continue our celebration of Black History Month, looking back at the impact of African Americans on our National Pastime with “Baseball Firsts”.
In 1878 - Bud Fowler would become the first known professional black player on an integrated team when he plays in Lynn (IA) exhibition games. https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/200e2bbd
On May 1st 1884 – Moses Fleetwood Walker would become the first black major league player, playing with Toledo of the American Association.
October 1st, 1885 – The Cuban Giants who were formed by Frank P. Thompson would become the first group of organized players on a black team.
July of 1903 - Dan McClellan would become the first black pitcher to throw a perfect game for the Cuban X Giants - http://www.nlbemuseum.com/nlbemuseum/history/players/mcclellan.html
You can commemorate baseball’s pioneers by wearing the team’s colors that they displayed during their time in the Negro Leagues – Get your Negro Leagues gear – https://www.teambrownapparel.com