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In addition to Moses Fleetwood Walker, Welday (Weldy) Walker, John “Bud” Fowler, and Grant “Home Run” Johnson, other Black baseball players were members of integrated teams involved in intercity competition in Ohio during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when racial segregation was widespread. The experiences of four of these players are described. James Chavous was a native of Marysville who pitched for Marysville and several other teams, including the Page Fence Giants. In 1904, an injury to his hand limited his role on the diamond to serving as an umpire, primarily in games between white teams. Edward Webster “Webb” Harrison also played for Marysville and other teams before moving to Lima, where he eventually became a police officer. William Fountain (Fountaine) and his younger brothers, Fred and Andrew, also played for teams in their hometown of Lima. Charles Follis was a native of Wooster and is primarily remembered as the first Black professional football player. He also played for baseball teams in Wooster and several other cities, as well as Wooster University, before moving to Cleveland and later joining the Cuban Giants of New York. Their stories contribute to the growing knowledge of the early history of integrated baseball.
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Eberle, Mark E., "Integrated Baseball in Ohio, 1891–1907: Chavous, Harrison, Fountain, and Follis." (2023). Monographs. 37.
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