"A lot of people don’t know that women used to play professional baseball," said Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, looking appalled.
If you didn’t know this either, prepared to be schooled.
Mamie is one of three women who played in the Negro Leagues, all-black baseball teams where giants like Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige got their start in the years when baseball, like almost everything else in America, was segregated. The Leagues drew thousands of fans, had their own World Series and All-Star Game, and for many years were one of the nation’s biggest black-owned and –operated businesses.
Mamie, who was invited by the Anacostia Community Museum yesterday to speak as part of an