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

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Chicago Review Press, 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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CURVEBALL: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The life and times of a black woman determined to play professional baseball amid the racism and sexism of midcentury America.To the young Toni Stone (1921-1996), who grew up in St. Paul, Minn ... Read full review

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Tho born as Marcenia Stone, by the time she was fourteen, this woman was known as Tomboy Stone. Why? She loved to run and play baseball. In the 1930s, this was unusual behavior for a girl. Her parents ... Read full review


1 A Question of Sin
2 Miracle in Saint Paul
3 Barnstorming with the Colored Giants
4 Golden Gate
5 Finding the Heart of the Game
6 On Deck
7 Number 29
8 Keep on at It
9 A Baseball Has 108 Stitches
10 Happiest Day of My Life
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Martha Ackmann is a journalist and the author of the award-winning The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight. Her sports commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and on National Public Radio's Only a Game. She has held fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the Society for American Baseball Research. She teaches in the gender studies department at Mount Holyoke College and lives in Leverett, Massachusetts.

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