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Jimmy Claxton (born December 14, 1892 in Wellington, British Columbiamarker, Canadamarker; died March 3, 1970 in Tacoma, Washington ) was a black baseball pitcher.

On May 28 1916, Claxton temporarily broke the professional baseball color line when he played two games for the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League. Claxton was introduced to the team owner by a part Native American friend as a fellow member of an Oklahomamarker tribe. A candy company—the Zeenut candy company—quickly produced a baseball card for Claxton. Within a week, a friend of Claxton revealed that he had both African American and Native American ancestors, and was promptly fired. It would be nearly thirty more years before another black man played organized white baseball.


Baseball by Ken Burns; New York: Alfred Knopf, 1994

See also


  1. Biography of Claxton

External links

  • "Black Pitcher Threw World a Curve"

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