A GREAT view of the field at AT&T Park in Chattanooga during their pre-season open house!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Strong Right Arm- The Story of Peanut Johnson

I picked this book up at our recent visit to the Negro League Baseball Museum.
That cool artwork on the cover is worth the $6 price tag alone.
The story is a very easy read, I think the book is written for grade school or middle school readers (a teacher actually wrote it, and she did a great job). But it is still the story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, one of the few female players ever to play pro. She played with the Indianapolis Clowns, and was one of 3 women to play in the Negro leagues.
It is great that that there are so many of the players from these leagues still with us. I have said it before- EVERY pro team needs to have a Negro Leagues tribute night at least once a year.
I really like this book about Mamie making it to the pro level. I felt a bit disappointment about the way she and a friend were treated when they tried out for the All American Girls professional Baseball League.
Still, she made it, and she holds a very unique place in the baseball history books.

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