The first known person is Moses "Fleetwood" Walker in 1884. Some debate though that William Edward White played 5yrs earlier to Walker. The first black person to play baseball in the 'modern day' MLB is Jackie Robinson.
According to Baseball Almanac, the first Canadian born player in MLB was Bill Phillips, a first baseman for the Cleveland Blues whose first game was May 1, 1879.
The first African-American professional baseball player on an integrated team was Bud Fowler who played Lynn (IA) exhibition games in 1878. The first in the Major Leagues was Moses Fleetwood Walker when the Jim Crow laws were just starting to be in effect and before racism spread around America. He played on an integrated team, the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association, in 1884. He played for one year on the Blue Stockings and batted .263 in 152 at-bats. Over the next few years, about a dozen Black players played minor league ball. A ban on such players, somewhat unofficial, sometimes explicity, began about 1890. However, Jack Roosevelt Robinson AKA Jackie Robinson is considered the first black MLB player when he launched into the Majors in 1947 for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The Phillies first African American player was infielder John Kennedy whose first game with the team was April 22, 1957. I have no idea when he was signed. Kennedy's MLB career lasted 5 games. He had previous played in the Negro Leagues with the Birmingham Black Barons and Kansas City Monarchs.
Roy Campanella was 1/2 black and debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949, although some sources indicate he debuted the year after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in MLB, on April 20, 1948. Due to the "one-drop rule," he was always considered to be Black although his father was of Italian descent.
Jackie robinson No not Jackie.
i think it was Jackie Robinson
Considering he's black and Jackie Robinson was the first black player in MLB (1947). Murderer's row was in the 20's. I'll say no.
A MLB player is an athlete who plays in the Major League Baseball.
Jackie Robinson is the first black player to play in the MLB.
Ryan Yoshitomo Kurosaki as the first Asian-American to play baseball in the MLB. Kurosaki pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975.
The first African American to play in the MLB was Jackie Robinson.
To be the best player he can be.
He did play in the MLB. He was the first black player to play in the majors. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1956.
signed Jackie Robinson (fist black baseball player in the MLB)
In 1971, Jackie Robinson was the first black baseball player ever to be elected into the National Hall of Fame. He was also the first black baseball player to be recruited to play for Major League Baseball. Prior to joining Major League Baseball, he played and excelled in the Negro Leagues, when separate leagues were common. He wore the number 42, and every year on Jackie Robinson Day, every player in the MLB wears a jersey with 42 in his honor and memory.