The Negro Baseball League and its Female Jackie Robinson
Part of our Senior Symposia program for people over 50. All workshops are $10. Limited seating available! Walk-ins are not guaranteed admission. Online pre-registration strongly encouraged!
Toni Stone was the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro League. She replaced Hank Aaron on the Indianapolis Clowns and later signed with the legendary Kansas City Monarchs. Playing alongside Willie Mays, Buck O’Neil, Ernie Banks and Satchel Page, Toni let her talent speak for itself. Her story chronicles a remarkable career facing down not only fastballs—but jeers, sabotage, and Jim Crow America itself.
Martha Ackmann is a journalist and author who writes about women who have changed America. Her columns have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Salon.com, and she has been featured on NPR, CNN and the BBC. Ackmann’s books include The Mercury 13, about women pilots who secretly tested to be astronauts in the early days of the space program, and Curveball, the story of Toni Stone. She is currently working on a book about Emily Dickinson. Ackmann received her Ph.D from UMass Amherst and teaches at Mount Holyoke College.