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Mamie on the Mound: A Woman in Baseball's Negro Leagues
Mamie on the Mound: A Woman in Baseball's Negro Leagues
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Mamie on the Mound: A Woman in Baseball's Negro Leagues

Mamie "Peanut" Johnson had one dream: to play professional baseball. She was a talented player, but she wasn't welcome in the segregated All-American Girls Pro Baseball League due to the color of her skin. However, a greater opportunity came her way in 1953 when Johnson signed to play ball for the Negro Leagues' Indianapolis Clowns, becoming the first female pitcher to play on a men's professional team. During the three years she pitched for the Clowns, her record was an impressive 33-8. But more importantly, she broke ground for other female athletes and for women everywhere.

Reading LevelGrades 3-5
Interest LevelGrades 3-5
Lexile Level960L
ATOS Level5.2
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #507065
Text TypeNarrative Nonfiction
PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Page Dimensions9" x 11"
Page Count32
School/Library Price

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Publishers Weekly

"In this biography of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson...Henderson focuses on Johnson’s determination and passion for the sport. . . .Johnson’s grit appeals: “She would say, ‘Don’t emphasize the hardness of it,’ because she and the other players were doing what they wanted to do—playing the game they loved.” Smoothly exaggerated realism gives Doutsiopoulos’s illustrations an engaging cartoon flair." - Publishers Weekly

November 14, 2019

Kirkus Reviews

"Through informative prose and muscular illustrations, Mamie emerges as both small in stature and larger than life. . . .The artwork deftly works with the text to provide a memorable reading experience, Mamie's enthusiasm and determination shining from every page. . . .This compelling story of breaking barriers and perseverance is timely and essential. . . .An incredible tribute to an African American woman who dismantled racial and gender obstacles amid the civil rights movement." - Kirkus Reviews

December 1, 2019



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National Council for the Social Studies

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February 1, 2021

Cooperative Children's Book Center

CCBC Choices 2021

March 1, 2021

Leah Henderson

Leah Henderson

Leah Henderson was one of only two girls on a highly competitive "all-boys" traveling soccer team when she was young, so Mamie’s desire to play ball echoed her own. Leah writes for young readers of all ages, and her books include Children’s Africana Book Awards notable and Bank Street Best Books of 2017, One Shadow on the Wall. She is a mentor, and avid traveler, and her volunteer work has roots in West Africa. Leah holds an MFA in Writing and is on faculty in Spalding University’s MFA program. When she is not traveling or off playing soccer with her dog at midnight, you can find her at home in Washington, D.C.

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