Black History Month: Mamie “Peanut” johnson
She played for the Indianapolis Clowns from 1953 to 1955 and had a 33-8 W-L record.
Here is a cover of a children’s book titled: “A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut Johnson by Michelle Y. Green. Grades 4-6.
Despise the hardship, there were memorable highlights for Johnson. The great LEROY SATCHEL PAIGE helped her perfect the curveball. Don’t squeeze the ball so tight, Paige told her. and let it break to the outside.
According to Johnson her most unforgettable moment came in a game between the Clowns and the Kansas City Monarchs. Facing off against third baseman Hank Bayliss with a runner on first, Johnson threw a called strike. the second ball was high and outside. Johnson’s third ball was another strike. According to Johnson, Bayliss then called out to her on the mound with a voice so loud, the crowd could hear him. “YOU’RE NOTHING BUT A PEANUT”, he alledgedly yelled. Johnson reared back and threw a third strike–gaining a strike out and a nickname at the same time!
After her baseball career ended, she was a nurse for 30 years, and also coached youth baseball. When she retired from nursing, she was the manager of a Negro Leagues memorabilia shop. She was also a guest lecturer at a Library of Congress symposium in October 2009.
Here is Mamie as a young girl and in uniform in 2007.
ref: African American Lives. Michelle Green’s book.