Edsall Elliott Walker
(Big, The Catskill Wild Man)
- Bats Both, Throws Left
- Height 5' 11", Weight 215 lb.
- Debut 1936
- Final Game 1945
- Born September 15, 1910 in Catskill, NY USA
- Died February 19, 1997 in Albany, NY USA
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.
- NNL All-Star (1938)
- NNL Winning Percentage Leader (1938)
- 2-time NNL Saves Leader (1943 & 1945)
- NNL Complete Games Leader (1939)
- Won two Negro World Series with the Homestead Grays in 1943 and 1944
- The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James Riley
- The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues by John Holway
- Black Baseball's National Showcase by Larry Lester