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First black player in major leagues? Hint: It wasn't Jackie Robinson
First black player in major leagues? Hint: It wasn't Jackie Robinson

Mark Palmer wanders through a cemetery in a southeastern Ohio steel town looking for a man most of the world has forgotten. Years ago, Palmer's grandmother told him the story of the man buried here. That's my uncle, she said, your great-grand uncle. His name was Moses Fleetwood Walker, and he was the first black baseball player in the major leagues. Palmer occasionally mentioned this to his boyhood friends. "Jackie Robinson was the first," they replied. "Everyone knows that." So Palmer let it be. Now, at Union Cemetery, Palmer meanders the grounds, wracking his brain. He can't find the grave site. On the gentle sloping hills, it is cool and...

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