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She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story [Kindle Edition]

Audrey Vernick , Don Tate
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth’s mighty swing. But she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first—and only—woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

From her childhood in Philadelphia to her groundbreaking role as business manager and owner of the Newark Eagles, Effa Manley always fought for what was right. And she always swung for the fences.

From author Audrey Vernick and illustrator Don Tate comes the remarkable story of an all-star of a woman.

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From School Library Journal

Gr 2-4–Vernick's sprightly text and Tate's vibrant illustrations combine in an appreciative tribute to the first woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Manley blazed a trail on two fronts: she fought racial injustice throughout her life; and as coowner of the Newark Eagles, a Negro League team, she succeeded in a male-dominated field. Growing up in the early 1900s, the biracial Manley often ran into discrimination and heard, “That's just the way things are.” However, she organized boycotts and stood up for her rights and the rights of her players. Even after black ballplayers gained admission to the major leagues, Manley advocated on their behalf until the Hall of Fame began to induct and recognize “her players.” This appreciative biography gently limns the spirited individual behind these accomplishments. At the ballpark, Manley chose to sit in the stands “where the seats vibrated from foot-stomping excitement,” and when the score was close, she peeked between her white-gloved fingers. Both author and illustrator are on top of their games as they bring this inspiring story to life.–Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Effa Manley may be a name only die-hard baseball fans recognize, but this sweeping picture-book biography will help change that. African American Manley grew up playing baseball in the early 1900s in Philadelphia, where she frequently experienced racial prejudice, often targeted at her darker-skinned siblings. After moving to New York City, she met her husband at Yankee Stadium, and together they organized labor protests in Harlem and founded the influential Negro League team that became the Newark Eagles. A tireless champion for her players, Manley fought for fair salaries when some Eagles moved on to newly integrated major-league teams, and in later years, she lobbied for her players’ recognition in the Baseball Hall of Fame, where she became the first woman to be inducted. Vernick adds appeal to this straightforward biography with repetitive phrases that emphasize Manley’s activist spirit, while Tate’s slightly stylized acrylic paintings convey both the historical setting and the timeless excitement in the ballpark. Partner this welcome title with Kadir Nelson’s multi-award-winning history of the Negro Leagues, We Are the Ship (2008). Grades 1-3. --Gillian Engberg

Product Details

  • File Size: 6862 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A2JG2O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great girl power story for baseball lovers and others November 10, 2010
This new biographical picture book about Effa Manley, the first--and only--woman inducted into the august National Baseball Hall of Fame is a terrific read for kids and adults as well. No, she was not a baseball player herself, rather she was the proud co-owner and manager of the Newark Eagles, a Negro League team, and an advocate for civil rights.

Effa always loved baseball, and after moving to New York loved to see Babe Ruth play for the Yankees. She was also an early civil rights organizer, establishing the Citizens' League for Fair Play in Harlem, to pressure Harlem's largest department store to hire black salesclerks. "Don't Buy Where You Can't Work!," said their picket signs. In 1935, Effa and her husband Abe started a new baseball team, the Eagles, that was part of the new Negro National League that her husband helped to establish. Effa handled the team's business and attended league meetings, despite complaints from other owners that baseball was no place for a woman. Her players called her their "mother hen," and she took care of them, even helping them find off-season jobs.

After Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, the Negro League stated losing fans and top players, and eventually disbanded. But Effa's efforts on behalf of her players didn't end. She feared the Negro Leagues would be forgotten, and began a campaign to convince the National Baseball Hall of Fame to consider the best Negro League Players for membership. Due to her efforts, nine Negro League players were inducted between 1971 and 1977, but not enough according to Effa. She continued to advocate for dozens of Negro League stars until she died in 1981.

Not until 2006 were many of Effa's favorites, including stars from her team, inducted in Cooperstown.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Story (And Baseball) October 26, 2010
This is the story of Effa Manley the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.Vernick first introduces us to a young Effa Brooks in first grade. Effa loved playing baseball with her brothers but wasn't allowed because she was a girl and was lighter in skin tone. In 1932 after finishing high school Effa moves from Philadelphia to New York City.

Upset by the unfair treatment of Blacks. Effa gets involved to make a difference. White store owners were refusing to hire Black workers.

"She organized the Citizens League for Fair Play, a group of community leaders. They urged Harlem's largest department store to hire black salesclerks. The owner said no. Nobody believed a group of Black people could change a White bussinessman's mind, but the league fought anyway. For weeks they marched in the street. They convinced their neighbors to shop elsewhere. The store lost money. But still no Black salesclerks. The league kept marching. Finally they won. Newspapers reported the boycotts success."

In 1935 Effa marries Abe Manley. The couple started the Brooklyn Eagles, in the newly formed Negro National League. Effa played a vital roll in the teams sucess, even after they moved to New Jersey in 1936. She always fought for the rights of her players. In 1970, decades after the end of the Negro Leagues, Effa Manley started a letter writing campaign to get some Baseball Hall of Fame to induct some of the best Negro League players.

When I finished this biography, (which I loved, in case that's not obvious) my first thought was why, am I just know hearing about Effa Manley. As much as I love baseball and its history, Effa Manley is someone who I should know. And now I do.

This was a serious trifecta for me. 1. A woman who loved baseball. 2.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Want to read an all-star of a story about the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame? She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story will have you inspired by the courage of one woman who was determined to fight for what was right.

When Effa was in first grade, she was scolded for playing with "those Negroes in the schoolyard." But "those negroes" were Effa's brothers and sisters. While Effa's skin was light, like her mother's, her siblings were dark and Effa was taught that discrimination was just the way things were.

But after high school, Effa moved to New York City and set out to live the big life she dreamed of. Effa enjoyed Yankee's games and met a kind, fun-loving man, Abe Manley who adored baseball. But when Effa went out on the town with Abe in Harlem, she realized that discrimination was still rampant as most businesses were owned by white people.

Effa, determined to change things, organized the Citizen's League for Fair Play, a group of community leaders who urged Harlem's largest department store to hire black salesclerks. Before long, hundreds of black people were working. Just as the business world was changing, so was the world of baseball. Abe and Effa married in 1935 and started a team in the new Negro National League. Effa had never organized schedules or ordered equipment, but Effa ended up handling almost all of the team's business. Most owners protested, stating that baseball was no place for a woman, but Effa persisted, fought for her players and became the first woman ever to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Audrey Vernick, the author of Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?, profiles an amazing woman who fought hard for what was right and proved that she loved baseball. Not only will young readers get an introduction to civil rights, Negro Leagues, and women's rights, they'll also be inspired that anyone can create change.
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Audrey Vernick writes fiction and nonfiction for kids and teens. A two-time recipient of the New Jersey Arts Council's fiction fellowship, Audrey lives near the ocean with her husband, son, daughter, and two dogs.


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