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Toni Stone and the Negro Leagues

  • August 16, 2021

Toni Stone made history as one of the first African American women to play in professional baseball when she joined the Indianapolis Clowns in 1953. After years of her name being largely unknown, her story is being celebrated:

“Toni Stone,” an off-Broadway play, premiered in 2019

Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone by Martha Ackmann tells Stone’s story from her childhood in West Virginia to her groundbreaking career playing for Midwest Negro League teams across Indiana, Missouri, and more.