Black History Month: Women Baseball Players of the Negro League

Three Women played with the men in the Negro League.  They were:

TONI STONE, and accomplished athlete from Minneapolis, who was contracted to play second base in 1953 and took over for Hank Aaron when Aaron left the Indianapolis Clowns for the majors.

MAMIE “PEANUTS” JOHNSON, a right-hander pitcher from Washington D.C., was the second female signed.   she was a pitcher for the Clowns. 

CONNIE MORGAN, from Philadelphia, became the third woman to be signed to a Negro Leagues contracts when Toni Stone was traded in 1954 to the Kansas City Monarchs.  

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Toni Stone
. (January 21, 1921  – November 2, 1996) was born in West Virginia and spent her childhood in St Paul, Minnesota

Her married name was Marceni Lyle Stone Alberga.   Alberga, a man 40 years her senior, like her parents was not in favor of Stone playing professional baseball.   “He would have stopped me if he could,” Stone later said.  “But he couldn’t.”   

Stone was quite proud of the fact that the male players were out to get her. She would show off the scars on her left wrist and remember the time she had been spiked by a runner trying to take out the woman standing on second base. ‘He was out,’ she recalled. 

 

 

 

When Pollack, the owner of The Clowns asked her to play in a skirt,  she refused!  She also would not consent to play in shorts and made it clear that she would dress in the same uniforms as her male teammates did. 

The highlight of Stone’s career came during her first season with the Clowns when she got a single off legendary pitcher Satchel Paige during an exhibition game in Omaha.   Stone was almost as surprised as Paige.  The clean single over second base was “the happiest moment of my life,” she said. 

 

 

She was delighted in 1985 to be inducted into the Women’s Sports Foundation International Sports Hall fo Fame. 

Toni Stone died of heart failure at age 75, in Alameda California.   A baseball field in her hometown of St. Paul was dedicated in her memory in 1997.  

We salute you Toni Stone!

 

 

next:  Mamie “Peanuts” Johnson.

p.s.  I am having fun learning about these female baseball players!   

SIx days ’till Pitchers and Catchers report for the Dodgers!

ref:  African American National Biography, MLB.com   

 

13 Comments

Hi, Emma, thanks for your great post! This is an entirely new story to a Japanese baseball fan. I’ll be looking forward to the next story about Mammie Johnson. I’d be glad if you read my story about a Japanese female knuckleballer currently joining Arizona Winter League.
http://nao.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/02/22-days-left-to-spring-training-linedrives-and-lipstick.html

Wow Nao!
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Your post and my post go hand in hand talking about female baseball players!
I did not know anything about this Female Japanese knuckleballer! thanks for pointing it out! I’ll check out your post!

Thanks!

Emma, I had no idea that women played in the Negro League, so thanks for educating me! How cool that Toni Stone got a hit off Sachel! Woohoo!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Jane,
I like the part where she refused to dressed different than her men teamates. It was difficult for her. I read where they would yell at her that she should be at home cooking for her husband.

Hey Emma!
Just saw it, but thx for that traffic cam info on your previous thread. It’ll be very useful. Can’t stay long, but thx again! I hope to see you at Camelback!!! :)

That was one of the cool things about reading about the Negro Leagues–that women had taken part! I thought that was a really great find!
Congrats on your blog anniversary, and props on the entry on women and the Negro Leagues, Emma! Take care! :)

wow what a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing this great info about these women of the Negro Leagues! I read about Mamie in my book that I blogged about :D. Buck even said she played some ;)

That’s great that Ms Stone got a hit off of Satchel Paige in an exhibition game! What an accomplishment. Way to represent ;)

http://mimi.mlblogs.com

you are so welcome Carol. I don’t have tix right now for Camelback but we make up our minds in a matter of a few days prior to leaving so you never know. We agreed a two different sets of days but we will see.
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Thanks Greg for coming and checking my blog.
Today I watched a special on the MLB Network channel called “Pride and Perseverence” It is about the Negro League. I am greatful that there is footage, just wished that more would have been preserved.
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Thanks Mimi,
Toni Stone sure represented! I can imagine the men trying to take her out at second.
Ms. Stone played under Buck O’Neil when she was traded to the Kansas City Monarchs but she did not get much playing time.

HolyCowHolyCowHolyCowHolyCowHolyCowHolyCowHolyCow!!!
Toni Stone!!! “Peanuts” Johnson!!! Connie Morgan!!!
HOLY COW!! HOLY COW!!
Who Knew?!
Holy Cow!!
Emma, this is one of the bests posts on the planet!!
PEANUTS!!! You have me nuts for this post. I refuse to read another post tonight after having read this one. I’m going to sleep now after the perfect post…sorry everyone else is going to have to wait till tomorrow. Emma’s post is how I will end my night.
A woman took over for another woman! Holy cow!
I could never admit to my wife I didn’t know this. She’ll never let me live it down. I’m embarrassed I didn’t know this. THNX EMMA!!
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

Mike!
Glad you liked my post :-) !
I knew very little about it Mike, but I am glad I dug deeper into the subject.
Let’s hear it for the Ladies!!!
thank you so much!
You rock!

WOW! I never knew this; this is incredible!! White women were a minority in the baseball world, but black women even more so. Stone’s courage and determination should serve as inspiration to us all.
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Elizabeth,
It makes me happy to know that fans have learned something from my post. You got that right that Ms. Stone should serve as an inspirations to us all.

Emma,
Thanks for visiting my blog!
As a Japanese female baseball fan, let me salute again to these pioneering women baseball players!! And what a coincidence that there existed the first women’s professional baseball league in Japan between 1950 and 1952! (They had some exhibition games against male baseball players and occasionally won if the opponents were amateurs)

After a blank over half a century, the second Japanese women’s professional baseball league will start its first regular season at the end of April. Although this league, the dream of all amateur women baseball players in Japan, has only two clubs each with 15 players (including those winning the Women’s Baseball World Cup Championship in 2008) as the starting members, both players and organization staff are enthusiastic to create a new history of baseball in Japan. They are here:
http://www.kyoto-astodreams.jp/
http://www.hyogo-swingsmileys.jp/player/

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