Lest we forget: Mamie “Peanut” Johnson

December 21, 2017 · 0 comments

If African-American ballplayers had a terrible go of it, can you imagine what female African-American ballplayers had to deal with?

From the New York Times‘ obituary by Daniel E. Slotnick

Mamie Johnson, one of a handful of women to play in baseball’s Negro leagues in the early 1950s — and the only one known to pitch — died on Monday in a Washington hospital. She was 82.

She was the subject of A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, a 2002 biography for kids. Normally I don’t follow that genre, but for someone of Johnson’s contributions, I make an exception. The cover illustration comes via Kadir Nelson, who wrote and illustrated We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.

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Here are another couple of iconic pictures of Johnson in “action.”

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Some more links to tributes:

  • From Deadspin: Mamie Johnson, Woman Who Pitched In Negro Leagues, Dead At 82
  • From The Undefeated: Remembering Mamie “Peanut” Johnson
  • From MLB.com: Negro Leagues pioneer ‘Peanut’ Johnson dies
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