Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Negro League baseball history fact for today

The only woman elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is Effa Manley; Hall of Fame class of 2004.  Mrs. Manley and her husband Abe were the owners of the Newark Eagles; one of the most renowned Negro League baseball teams (1936 – 1949).  A Caucasian who was thought to be black because she was raised in an African-American family, Mrs. Manley ran the day to day operations of the team.  Very outspoken and opinionated, she had to fight not only racism but also the male chauvinist attitudes of the other Negro League baseball owners to be successful.  Her team won the 1946 Negro League World Series Championship.

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