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She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Storyby Audrey Vernick
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Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruths mighty swing. But she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first—and only—woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
From her childhood in Philadelphia to her groundbreaking role as business manager and owner of the Newark Eagles, Effa Manley always fought for what was right. And she always swung for the fences.
From author Audrey Vernick and illustrator Don Tate comes the remarkable story of an all-star of a woman.
"Effa Manley became aware of racial prejudice at a young age, when she was criticized by a school principal for playing with 'those Negroes,' who were in fact her darker-skinned siblings. Moving to New York City as an adult, she organized the 'Citizen's League for Fair Play,' demanding businesses hire black employees. With her husband, she started the Brooklyn Eagles, part of the Negro National League, 'handling almost all the team's business,' and later working to insure that the players were never forgotten. Tate's energetic illustrations harmonize well with Vernick's fresh and engaging text. History favors the individuals in the spotlight: here's an entertaining portrait of a woman who made significant strides behind the scenes. Ages 5 — 10. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
As a child Audrey Vernick successfully completed kindergarten, where the hardest assignment she was ever given in class was to think of a word that rhymed with her first name. She is also the author, with her sister Ellen Glassman Gidaro, of the picture book Bark and Tim: A True Story of Friendship. Ms. Vernick lives with her family in Ocean, New Jersey.
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