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Baseball pioneer to speak March 8 as part of race and gender series

Mamie "Peanut" Johnson will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in Room 100 of the art building. Johnson, one of three women to play in the Negro Baseball League in the 1950s, will discuss her experiences in professional men’s sports.

The lecture is part of a Race and Gender Speaker Series sponsored by women’s studies and black world studies programs.

A 105-pound pitcher, Johnson learned her curveball from Hall-of-Famer Leroy "Satchel" Paige and played three seasons in pro baseball, 1953-55. For two of them, Henry "Hank" Aaron was her teammate. Johnson played boys’ sports including football in high school in Long Beach, N.J., and at New York University, where she studied engineering and medicine. After her retirement from baseball, she worked for nearly 30 years as a licensed practical nurse.

While on campus, Johnson will also speak with students.

Date Published: 02/24/2000
Volume: 19   Number: 26

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