Horace M. Wilds (1868?-1902) was a well-known African-American baseball player, and the eldest son of John A. Wilds. As with other colored baseball players, he was unable to gain a position with a major league team because of his color.3  The Oakland Tribune apparently referred to him as the "colored beauty." 3

Oakland Tribune, February 10, 1902
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He lived with his family at 1008 Tenth Avenue, which had previously been the Brooklyn Colored School. He died in 1902 due to the lingering effects of a baseball injury that had occurred six years previously.1 His funeral was attended by several prominent City and County officials, presumably due to the fact that he was John Wilds' son.2


Links and References

  1. Injury Finally Causes Death, San Francisco Call, February 8, 1902 (note misspelling of Wilds' last name) 
  2. Horace Wilds Was Laid to Rest Yesterday, Oakland Tribune, February 10, 1902
  3. The Golden Game: The Story of California Baseball, by Kevin Nelson