Hippo Galloway
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Outfielder / Second baseman
Born: William Hipple Galloway
(1882-03-24)March 24, 1882
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Died: February 17, 1943(1943-02-17) (aged 60)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Left
Negro league baseball debut
1900, for the Cuban X-Giants
Last appearance
1900, for the Cuban X-Giants
Member of the Canadian
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William Hipple Galloway (March 24, 1882 – February 17, 1943),[1] nicknamed "Hippo", was an American-Canadian professional baseball player. Born in Buffalo, New York, Galloway grew up in Dunnville, Ontario, and is considered "the first black Canadian to play organized baseball."[1]


Galloway grew up playing both baseball and ice hockey. In 1899, he played hockey for the Woodstock, Ontario, club in the Central Ontario Hockey Association, where he was known as a "cool and collected" player on the ice.[2] In the summer of 1899, he played minor league baseball for the Woodstock Bains of the Canadian League,[3] but was dismissed from the club when a white player objected to his presence. Galloway was the last black player in Canadian organized baseball until Jackie Robinson in 1946.[4][5] Following his dismissal, Galloway left Canada to join the Cuban X-Giants of the Negro leagues for the 1900 season.[6]


  1. ^ a b "William "Hipple" Galloway". baseballhalloffame.ca. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Black Hockey History". hockeycentral.co.uk. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  3. ^ "William Galloway". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  4. ^ Cieradkowski, Gary (2015). The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball's Forgotten Heroes. Simon and Schuster. p. 178. ISBN 9781476775234.
  5. ^ "A History Of Black Hockey". greatesthockeylegends.com. February 19, 2007. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  6. ^ "Bill Galloway". seamheads.com. Retrieved October 7, 2020.