Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Women Negro Leaguers

Even if you know a lot about baseball history, you might not know about three women who played on men’s Negro Leagues teams in the 1950s. Saturday afternoon at the Baseball Heritage Museum, you can learn about these women, who played with and against men who became Major League Baseball stars, including a famous Cleveland Indians pitcher.

I attended this free program last spring and it was excellent. It is again being presented by Ike Brooks, who gave a really informative talk about Toni Stone, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and  Connie Morgan last year and brought along some books that include their stories.

Stone, whose real name was Marcenia Lyle Alberg, was the first of the three to join the Negro Leagues. She played second base for the Indianapolis Clowns and the Kansas City Monarchs. Johnson, a pitcher, and Morgan, a second baseman, also played for the Clowns, a team that later signed Hank Aaron.

Besides the women on the field in the 1950s, there was Effa Manley behind the scenes. Manley was married to the owner of the Newark Eagles and she managed the team.

No spoilers here, but I can tell you Ike will share some fascinating facts about these players and this period in history. It’s the perfect program for a month that celebrates women’s history and starts the 2019 MLB season.


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