JUNE 3 • THURSDAY • 7 PM
Odyssey Book Shop, South Hadley, MA
Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League
Documenting multiple challenges at every turn – as a target for racism from society at large, and sexism both inside and outside of the Negro League – this is the unique story of the first woman to play professional baseball on a men’s team. Ackmann reveals Stone’s remarkable talent, perseverance, and accomplishments and shows how she posed a double threat – black and female – to the dominance of white males in sports and society.
“Martha Ackmann’s biography of Toni Stone is three stories in one – of barnstorming baseball, the insidious Jim Crow era of segregation, and gender bias by blacks and whites. They are stories worth reading.” – Larry Tye, author of Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend.