Mamie "Peanut" Johnson had one dream: to play professional baseball. She was a talented player, but she wasn't welcome in the segregated All-American Girls Pro Baseball League due to the color of her skin. However, a greater opportunity came her way in 1953 when Johnson signed to play ball for the Negro Leagues' Indianapolis Clowns, becoming the first female pitcher to play on a men's professional team.
During the three years she pitched for the Clowns, her record was an impressive 33-8. But more importantly, she broke ground for other female athletes and for women everywhere. This engaging and empowering picture book biography celebrates how a passion for baseball drove Johnson to become a pioneer for women in sports.
"Henderson focuses on Johnson’s determination and passion for the sport. 'Swinging a tree limb for a bat, she knocked homemade balls of stone wrapped with twine and masking tape'.... Johnson’s grit appeals: 'She would say, "Don’t emphasize the hardness of it," because she and the other players were doing what they wanted to do — playing the game they loved.'" — Publishers Weekly
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|Jan 1, 2020