Who Was the First African American Professional Baseball Player?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 27, 2020 11:25:37 AM ET
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Many people assume Jackie Robinson was the first African American professional baseball player, but in actuality, America's very first black professional baseball player was a man named William Edward White, who played one game for the Providence Grays in 1879. Not only was White the first black player to get paid to take up a bat, he was also the first former slave to play pro ball.