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John W. Jackson

(1858-03-16)March 16, 1858
Died February 26, 1913(1913-02-26) (aged 54)
Nationality American
Years active 1877–1895
Known for Professional baseball player
Home town Cooperstown, New York

John W. "Bud" Fowler (March 16, 1858 – February 26, 1913) was an African-American baseball player, manager, and club organizer. He is the earliest known African-American player in organized professional baseball; that is, the major leagues and minor leagues.

Early life

The son of a fugitive hop-picker and barber, Bud Fowler was christened John W. Jackson.

Professional baseball career

Early career

Fowler first played for an all-white professional team based out of New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1872. He was 14 years old. He is documented as playing for another professional team on July 21, 1877. He was 19. On April 24, 1878, he pitched a game for the Picked Nine, who defeated the Boston Red Caps, champions of the National League in 1877. He pitched some more for the Chelsea team, then finished that season with the Worcester club.

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