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Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League Hardcover – June 1, 2010
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"Martha Ackmann's biography of Toni Stone is three stories in oneof barnstorming baseball, the insidious Jim Crow era of segregation, and gender bias by blacks and whites. They are stories worth reading." Larry Tye, author, Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend
"Martha Ackmann has lovingly introduced us to someone in baseball whom almost none of us ever knew existed. We should thank her for that introduction to the indomitable Toni Stone and for guiding us to a forgotten place in the sport's history." Frank Deford, columnist, Sports Illustrated, and author, Bliss, Remembered
About the Author
Martha Ackmann is a journalist and the author of the award-winning The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight. Her sports commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and on National Public Radio's Only a Game. She has held fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the Society for American Baseball Research. She teaches in the gender studies department at Mount Holyoke College.
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Top Customer Reviews
For anyone--male or female--who has dreamed of playing in the big leagues, this book will ring true. Thanks to Martha Ackmann for taking on the role of telling this story with such impeccable insight and extensive research.
Curveball covers Toni's life in San Francisco and her life on the road with the Indianapolis Clowns. The terrifying conditions that black Americans faced as they traveled through the Jim Crow South are realistically depicted. The discrimination that Toni Stone faced from her own teammates are likewise realistically portrayed.
Considering the fact that she had very few statistics to work with (Negro League games weren't meticulously recorded the way MLB games are), Ackmann has done an excellent job of recreating the baseball parts of Toni's life. There are places where explanations slow down the book, mainly in the middle, but the book as a whole recreates and pays tribute to the life of a strong woman who was also a ballplayer. Thanks to Ackmann's research and writing, the story of Toni Stone has been saved for posterity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although Toni Stone was a trail blazer, her story was buried in with other Negro League players. I feel the author lost sight of her impact and spoke a little too much about... Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Dorothy Thomas
All young women that aspire to become super athletes should read this biography. She is an inspiration and an outstanding role model.Published on April 17, 2013 by Anne M Dunn
Curveball will give you wonderful insight into the life of an amazing women. It is wonderfully written. This is absolutely, a must read.Published on January 25, 2013 by Tina Cerbone