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She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story Hardcover – October 19, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
And I should know because I live this experience first hand every day of my life. My wife is a successful commercial artist with her own business. My hair stylists is a women. My doctor is a women. And the lists goes on that I could talk about all day.
In this excellent story titled: She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story, Effa shares her love for baseball from the time as a child she judiciously attended baseball games at Yankee Stadium to her successful business endeavor to own a baseball team and become the first ever and only women to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Effa believed in herself, call it confidence, fought for her rights, and let nothing stand in her way. Congratulations Effa. There are no racial or gender lines to prevent people from fulfilling their dreams. Yes! The sky is the limit.
Once again, Audrey Vernick gives the reader (kids) a straightforward biographical story about how to ride above the circumstances. The setting is baseball with an exciting story with lots of lessons to learn. I strongly recommend this book for kids and young adults of all ages and I give it five stars. Marvin P. Ferguson, author of THE UNKNOWN BASEBALL PLAYER.
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A fascinating piece of baseball history that I was previously unaware of. A great read for baseball lovers and folks interested in picture book biographies of amazing women - which... Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Ansell
Here's a book that's been around for half a decade and received nowhere NEAR the attention it deserves. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sandy Brehl
It was a new perspective on baseball history, the Negro League history, & one woman's very important role in both.Published on February 1, 2014 by Alyssa Hinds
I thought the book was informative for young readers learning about segregation.
I thought the book was good for young readers learning about segregation.
Great book for teaching biography, social issues and character traits in the common core. Wonderful story for children and adults alike.Published on May 20, 2013 by Ms. Laettner
An ennobling biography of a woman who rallied for civil rights. In Harlem where Abe and Effa Manley lived, Effa organized the Citizen's League for Fair Play, where community... Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by Deborah Sandford
Audrey Vernick tells an important story in a straightforward manner accompanied by evocative color illustrations by Don Tate. Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by Bob Luke