March 8, 2017 By a vote of 93-1, the Ohio Hous…

March 8, 2017

By a vote of 93-1, the Ohio House passes Bill 59, setting aside October 7 each year in honor of Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first openly African-American to play under contract in the major leagues. In 1884, the bare-handed catcher played for the American Association’s Toledo Blue Stockings, until a rib injury and the team’s excessive payroll led to his release late in the season.