Was William Edward White really first?

Updated: January 30, 2004, 9:08 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Baseball historians are trying to determine whether William Edward White was the first black player in the major leagues.

White played one game for the Providence Greys of the National League on June 21, 1879, and the Society for American Baseball Research is researching his history.

The Wall Street Journal reported on the White case Friday.

Until now, it was generally accepted that the first two black players were catcher Moses Fleetwood Walker and his brother, Welday, ...

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