First woman elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Via Jill at Feministe, who notes, "And she was an outspoken civil rights activist. Very cool."


Effa Manley became the first woman elected to the baseball Hall of Fame when the former Newark Eagles co-owner was among 17 people from the Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues chosen Monday by a special committee.
''This is a historic day at the Hall of Fame,'' shrine president Dale Petroskey said. ''I hoped that someday there would be a woman in the Hall. It's a pretty proud moment.''
…Manley used baseball to advance civil rights causes with events such as an Anti-Lynching Day at the ballpark. She died in 1981 at age 84.
''She was a pioneer in so many ways, in terms of integrating the team with the community,'' said Leslie Heaphy, a Kent State professor on the committee. ''She's also one of the owners who pushed very hard to get recognition for Major League Baseball when they started to sign some of their players.''
Very cool indeed.

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