Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League (Google eBook)

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Chicago Review Press, Jun 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Documenting multiple challenges at every turn--as a target for racism from society at large and sexism both inside and outside of the Negro League--this is the unique story of the first woman to play professional baseball on a men's team, breaking barriers in sports while believing, There's got to be a first in everything. Maybe it will be me. Highlighting aggressive and resourceful behaviors, the text explains that as players began to leave the Negro League for major league teams, Toni Stone seized her only opportunity to play professional ball and replaced Henry Aaron on the Indianapolis Clowns, the Negro League's top team. Chronicling her career, this biography follows her experiences playing first with the Indianapolis Clowns, and later with the Kansas City Monarchs. It also details her encounters with the era's top athletes--Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Buck O'Neil, and Satchel Paige to name a few. As the exploration reveals her remarkable talent, perseverance, and accomplishments, it shows how she posed as a double threat--black and female--to the dominance of white males in sports and society.
  

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Review: Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League

User Review  - Lonna Pierce - Goodreads

Toni Stone is one of 3 women to play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues, and was the first to break the gender barrier to do so. This biography reads like a dissertation, with many footnotes ... Read full review

Review: Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League

User Review  - Glorious.Clio - Goodreads

What can I say about Toni Stone that Ackmann hasn't already said? Not much. She's an all star lady that deserves a lot more recognition. She made a career for herself in baseball from the 30s to the ... Read full review

Contents

1 A Question of Sin
1
2 Miracle in Saint Paul
17
3 Barnstorming with the Colored Giants
35
4 Golden Gate
51
5 Finding the Heart of the Game
71
6 On Deck
103
7 Number 29
121
8 Keep on at It
147
9 A Baseball Has 108 Stitches
167
10 Happiest Day of My Life
193
Acknowledgments
213
Notes
217
Selected Bibliography
247
Index
265
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About the author (2010)

Martha Ackmann teaches at Mount Holyoke College, is a frequent columnist, and has written for publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. Ackmann is co-recipient of the Amelia Earhart Research Scholars Grant. She lives in western Massachusetts.
Lynn Sherr, correspondent for the ABC News program 20/20, covered NASA and the space program in the 1980s, anchoring and reporting on all the early shuttle missions, through the Challenger explosion and the subsequent Rogers Commission hearings. Sherr was a semifinalist in the (now abandoned) Journalist-in-Space competition. She lives in New York.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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