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Baseball's Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues

Baseball's Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues


(Genre: Sports/Biography)

Here is the riveting true story of the woman at the center of the Black baseball world: Effa Manley, co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles. Before Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, Black athletes played in the Negro Leagues--on teams coached by Black managers, cheered on by Black fans, and often run by Black owners. Elegant yet gutsy, she cultivated a powerhouse team. Yet just as her Eagles reached their pinnacle, so did calls to integrate baseball, a move that would all but extinguish the Negro Leagues.


  • PRODUCT INFO (Hardcover)

    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Language: English
    Page Count: 336
    Publication Date: 1/5/2021
    Size: 9.50" l x 6.50" w x 1.00" 
    Series: N/A 

    “A smart and determined woman becomes an unlikely influence in baseball’s Negro Leagues . . . A fascinating contribution to baseball and racial history.” —Kirkus Reviews

    “With a flair for bringing clarity and excitement to back office wheeling and dealing, Williams offers a potent complement to Nelson’s We Are the Ship.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    “A well-organized, detailed introduction to Effa Manley, who was the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.” —Booklist

    “For middle-school-and-up readers seeking historical role models of resilience.” —Seattle Times

    A large font, spacious page design, and well-selected black-and-white photographs—along with the fascinating history—make for an inviting read." —Horn Book

    An important hole in baseball literature is addressed in this nonfiction recollection of businesswoman Effa ­Manley’s role in the rise and fall of the Negro Leagues." —School Library Journal

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