Wooster City School District (WCSD) is excited to celebrate Charles Follis Day on Feb. 3 in appreciation of one of Wooster’s most accomplished graduates.
In coordination with national Black History Month, Follis will be recognized during Wooster High School’s home basketball game on Saturday, February 15.
Follis, who is the namesake of Wooster High School’s Follis Field, was the first black professional American football player. He was also the first black catcher to move from college baseball onto a black professional baseball team.
“In honoring Charles Follis at the upcoming home basketball game, we hope to raise awareness about Follis and his many achievements,” said Joe Rubino, athletic director.
Moreover, Follis is also the subject of an Ohio Historical Marker, which is proudly displayed at Follis Field. Markers are erected by local community sponsors (Wayne County Conventional & Visitors Bureau) in partnership with the Ohio History Connection (OHC) and describe the people, places, things and events of Ohio's past.
“We are eager to celebrate Charles Follis as part of Black History Month and all year long, as more people in the Wooster community become aware of his history and the impact he made on Wooster and the world of athletics,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs.