Mamie on the Mound (Hardcover)

A Woman in Baseball's Negro Leagues

By Leah Henderson, George Doutsiopoulos (Illustrator)

Capstone Editions, 9781684460236, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2020

List Price: 18.95*
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Mamie Peanut Johnson had one dream: to play professional baseball. She was a talented player, but she wasn't welcome in the segregated All-American Girls Pro Baseball League due to the color of her skin. However, a greater opportunity came her way in 1953 when Johnson signed to play ball for the Negro Leagues' Indianapolis Clowns, becoming the first female pitcher to play on a men's professional team. During the three years she pitched for the Clowns, her record was an impressive 33-8. But more importantly, she broke ground for other female athletes and for women everywhere.