Black History Month: Meet Connie Morgan

morgan.jpgMeet Connie Morgan, The woman that replaced Toni Stone at second when Toni was traded from the Indianapolis Clowns to the Kansas City Monarchs.  

 

On this picture:  From left) King Tut with a huge mitt, manager Oscar Charleston and Connie Morgan.  

Connie was born October 17, 1935 in Philadelphia.  She died in 1996.  

In addition to Baseball, Connie played basketball for a well known city-wide team, the Rockettes.

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Morgan initiated the signing herself with the Indianapolis Clowns.  When she read a newspaper article about women playing for the Clowns, she wrote Syd Pollack directly and asked for a try-out.  When the Clowns went to Baltimore in 1954 to play an exhibition game with the Orioles, Pollack invited her to come down and show what she could do.  

Pollack was impressed with Morgan’s ability and signed the nineteen year-old to a two year-contract. 

The 5’4″ 135 pounds second baseman hit around .300 sharing second base duties with Ray Neil and batting third in the line-up.  

Clown’s manager Oscar Charleston called her “one of the most sensational” female players he had ever seen.  

The highlight of Connie Morgan’s careeer came on July 12, 1954 when she returned to her home town for a game with the Kansas City Monarchs in Phladelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium.  

She was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. 

I had fun reading about all the three women that played alongside the men in the Negro League.   

Is still two more days till Pitchers and Catchers report to Spring Training for the Dodgers.  The wait has been long, especially reading that alot of teams already reported.     Hurry boys!  We are starving for some news!    

SOLES 4 SOULS: Changing HAITI One Pair (of Kicks) At a Time

Soles4Souls SOLES 4 SOULS: Changing HAITI One Pair (of Kicks) At a Time

 Here is another way to help Haiti

http://www.urb.com/2010/01/25/soles-4-souls-changing-haiti-one-pair-of-kicks-at-a-time/

The link is also on the right side. 

Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 5.5 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently donating one pair every 9 seconds.) Last year alone, Americans discarded more than 300 million pairs of shoes. (eco side note: When these shoes break down in our landfills, the toxic glue that holds the shoes together can leak into our water supply and atmosphere.) Imagine if those shoes went to 300 million people in need of them. Start donating to Soles4Souls today kids, CLICK HERE, to find out a drop off location or HERE to learn how to start your own (company, school, community) shoe drive.

Where I work we have done the Souls4Souls and donated the shoes to a local school.  This time we are doing the drive again to benefit Haiti but if you want to donate your slightly used shoes, click above where it says HERE and enter your zipcode.

Thanks!

 

11 Comments

Hi, Emma! Great posts on the women who played in the Negro League. I had no idea. You would think someone would be making a movie about them.
I see you are heading to Fenway in June. Fantastic! A gentleman who works at my local supermarket is a huge Dodgers fan. He is already giving me a hard time about the Dodgers (and Manny) playing in Fenway this summer. It should be interesting – to say the least.
Happy blog anniversary. We both have one year under our belts.

Jen
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Jen,
Thanks! Yes, you would think someone could make a movie about it. YES! I am heading to Boston! I will be there for the three game series! I am so excited about it! I am surprised that there are Dodger fans in Boston! LOL. The time that I went to a game there, one of the players looked at me surprised when he saw my Dodger shirt and Dodger hat. Say hello to the Dodger fan from me! And Happy anniversary to you too!

Another great post, Emma. I’m glad Connie made it into the PA Sports Hall of Fame. She certainly deserved the honor. And you’re so right. We can’t give up on Haiti. Even though many reporters have returned home, they’re still dealing with terrible conditions.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Jane,
Connie surely deserved the honor!
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I was reading in the LA Times the amount of amputations that they had to do in Haiti. It is unbelievable.

Thanks for the education, Emma! I feel like I learned something valuable today, so thanks for that. There is so much history to learn… I just got “SATCHEL” the biography, so I’m excited to rip into it.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

A great post again, Emma. Glad the PA HOF recognized her! I’ve admired the KC Monarchs among the Negro League teams, I think, in part, due to Buck O’Neill. I hope one day to get to KC and visit the Negro League HOF! I hope it will not be a casualty of this economy!

Peanut is my favorite gal…but this is my favorite part of the story. A woman replaced a woman! Emma, do you know how well or badly they were treated by their teammates and other teams because they were women? Did men or teams protest?
You know I’m loving these posts!
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

Jeff,
Great choice reading Sachel’s biography. It sad what players like Sachel had to endure but on the other hands I kept laughing at some of the anecdotes.
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Oh Greg, I too hope that the Negro HOF museum is not a casualty of this economy. I hope to see it soon.
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Mike,
Well since Stone was the first one, pitchers occasionally brushed her back with throws to her head, charging basemen slid spikes up when she was covering second. She was proud of the scars she had playing second.
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The three women would hear from some players and fans but they found a way to endure criticism by ignoring taunts and associating themselves with players who supported their efforts.

Emma,
Thanks for introducing me yet another pioneering baseball player! Her smile is just beautiful and bright. I wish I could tell the story of these three players to Eri-chan, the first Japanese woman baseball player joining Arizona Winter League. I’m delighted to know that her club proceeds to the League Championship.
http://nao.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/02/22-days-left-to-spring-training-linedrives-and-lipstick.html

Nao,
Her smile sure is beautiful. Maybe someone has mentioned it to Eri-chan. And congratulations to her!

Emma,
Thanks for your encouraging message to Eri-chan!
To tell the truth, I oddly misread the schedule and the yesterday’s game was a Division playoff, not the League Championship. Her club, though usually offensive, was defeated (8-0)….(tears). But she’s got a contract offer from an independent club in California! I hope she will continue to play baseball with a new teammate and her valuable partner she met during AWL, a Japanese catcher Yuki Matumoto also offered a contract with the same club.
http://nao.mlbogs.com/

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