Edsall Walker

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Edsall Elliott Walker
(Big, The Catskill Wild Man)

  • Bats Both, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 215 lb.

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Edsall Walker was a Negro League pitcher for over a decade.

Walker broke in with the Zulu Cannibal Giants in 1934 and moved to the Homestead Grays in 1936 at a salary of $150 per month. He turned in 6-4 records in both 1937 and 1938. He started for the East in the 1938 East-West Game but imploded for five runs in three innings, including a Neil Robinson homer. He gave up four hits, three walks and a hit batsman while fanning three in taking the loss. After he left, Barney Brown and Schoolboy Johnny Taylor shut out the West for the final five innings of a 5-4 defeat.

Walker was 6-2 in 1939, tying Ray Brown for 4th in the Negro National League in wins behind Leon Day, Bill Byrd and Henry McHenry. In 1940, the left-hander was 9-5 but he fell to 0-1 in 1941. In 1942, he worked in the Baltimore shipyards and pitched for whatever teams stopped in town, including Homestead, the Philadelphia Stars, Newark Eagles and New York Black Yankees.

In 1943, Walker (who threw a sinking fastball but not much else) was 8-4. He tied Brown for 4th in the NNL in victories behind Johnny Wright, Dave Barnhill and Byrd. He also hit .297 that year. Walker was 4-3 in 1944 and 3-3 in 1945, his last year.

Later in life, Walker managed a Little League team in Albany, NY for twenty years.

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