Reflections: Mamie Johnson: 1st Black Woman to Pitch in the Negro Leagues

July 26, 2012   // 0 Comments

by Mikel Kwaku Osei Holt Mamie Johnson recalls ‘the game’ just as if it were played yesterday. Before her first pitch, the batter from the opposing team stared in utter disbelief at what he saw on the mound. Not only was the pitcher small in stature—weighing less than 110 pounds, but ‘she’ was woman! In fact the first Black woman to pitch in the fabled Negro Leagues. Mockingly, the batter sho...

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