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She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story Hardcover – October 19, 2010

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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.

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: AD770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061349208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061349201
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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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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I had visited the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City and wondered about the role of Black women. After talking with a colleague about my visit, she suggested this book. I am a elementary social studies methods teacher and we talk about unsung heroes. This will fit in great with our recognition of individuals not heard of or celebrated during heritage months.
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It's about time women take their rightful place in society, gain the respect they so rightfully deserve among all people. Gender should never hinder the opportunity for success in sports or the marketplace.
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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