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Mamie on the Mound: A Woman in Baseball's Negro Leagues

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Mamie Peanut Johnson had one dream: to play professional baseball. She was a talented player, but she wasn't welcome in the segregated All-American Girls Pro Baseball League due to the color of her skin. However, a greater opportunity came her way in 1953 when Johnson signed to play ball for the Negro Leagues' Indianapolis Clowns, becoming the first female pitcher to play ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2020 by Capstone Editions
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La Coccinelle
Mamie on the Mound tells the story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson and her three years in the Negro Leagues.

It's a well-written look at a trailblazer, highlighted with appealing illustrations. I can see this book having appeal to a number of audiences: those interested in sports, history, feminism, and racism in the United States will find plenty of interest here. There's a brief note at the back detailing what happened to Mamie after her time playing professional baseball, as well as a photograph of
A woman playing sports on a men's team is unusual enough, but to find out that this happened back in the 1950s was amazing. Mamie tried to join the women's baseball league, but because she was black, she was not allowed in. So, she went to the Negro League, and because she could pitch as well, if not better than the men, she made the team, and proceeded to play for three years.

What an amazing time that must have been. She eneded up being one of three women on the team.

Mamie on the Mound Leah Henderson

Mamie on the Mound Leah Henderson

This picture book gives the
Abby Johnson
Finally! A picture book biography of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, African American baseball player who played in the Negro Leagues (yes, with the boys!) for three years in the 1950s. Sprightly text matches a sprightly personality in this biography that's perfect for young sports fans and women's history. Get it on your shelves before baseball season starts.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Mamie on the Mound is the story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson and her three years in the Negro Baseball Leagues. She was up against a lot. She couldn't play in the All Women's league because of her skin colour, and she had to fight to play in the Negro Baseball League because she was a female. She did not give up and eventually broke through the male barrier to play the game she loved. This is a well-written book about a trailblazer who helped to open doors for female athletes. This book tells how ...more
Mamie on the Mound: A Woman in Baseball's Negro Leagues by Leah Henderson, illustrated by George Doutsiopoulis, is utterly charming and everything I typically hope for and expect from a picture book biography.

Telling the story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, this story manages to give us a brief look into an incredible part of baseball history. The book covers Mamie's childhood love of baseball into her adulthood where she became the first woman to be a professional pitcher in baseball history.
Katie Reilley
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Capstone for sharing an early copy with our #bookexpedition group!

This picture book biography tells the incredible story of Mamie Peanut Johnsons childhood and the three years she played professional baseball in the Negro Leagues.

Celebrating female athletes and trailblazing black athletes, this book tells how Mamie overcame the prejudice and segregation of the 1950s to fulfill her dream of playing professional baseball, breaking ground for female athletes everywhere.

With themes of
Lorie Barber
Loved the story and the backmatter. A definite add to the library.
Christina Carter
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Leah Henderson gives the reader an informative introduction to Mamie Johnsons journey to playing Negro League Baseball. From her love of the sport in her early childhood to playing professionally as a pitcher for three seasons with the Negro League in the early 1950s.

Mamie Peanut Johnsons story is one that will inspire students to pursue their dreams, athletic or otherwise. The obstacles she faced would not stop her. She kept pressing forward, even when she (and other Black baseball players)
Jenna Grodzicki
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From a young age, Mamie Johnson knew exactly who she wanted to be - a ballplayer. And boy could she play. With her strong right arm and fierce determination, Mamie was a force to be reckoned with on the ball field. But Mamie was an African American girl, living in the mid 1900s, and opportunities for her to play were few and far between. Mamie never gave up, and eventually her dream came true. She became the first female pitcher in professional baseball history. As a huge baseball fan, I ...more
The text of this book alone might have warranted only four stars, but with the truly outstanding illustrations, this is a five-star book.
The story of Peanut Johnson is one that should not be overlooked. It is sad that the days of Jim Crow and segregation still existed during her entire career, but the weird result was that she pitched against men her entire professional baseball career. It was bigotry that kept her from playing against the best women baseball players.
I had heard a little about
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tons of content packed in, and what a story. Illustration style was fun--looks almost more like an animation style.
Lisa D
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Kristi Bernard
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mamie Peanut Johnson only played professional baseball for 3 years, but she certainly left an impression. She received an honor from First Lady Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama recognized her accomplishments as well. This book tells the story of how she turned her dream into a reality.

Mamie Johnson spent a lot of time figuring out how she could be a baseball player as a child. It was unusual for a little girl or even a little black girl to play baseball. She knew if she were given the
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Leah Henderson is starting 2020 off with a fantastic new book about the incredibly talented Mamie Johnson. Mamie "Peanut" Johnson was an amazing trailblazer in the world of women's baseball. She grew up in New Jersey with a passion for baseball, and a determination to be the best. Mamie joined the Negro Leagues and broke several records. She overcame the prejudice and segregation of the 1950s to fulfill her dream and challenge the expectations of others. The illustrations by George ...more
Sara Magnafichi
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Capstone Publishing and Leah Henderson for sharing Mamie On the Mound: A Woman in Negro Leagues with #Collabookation. This is a fantastic nonfiction text about Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, and how she became one of the players for the Indianapolis Clowns. During a time period when the All American Girls Professional Baseball League wouldn't allow her to play, due to the color of her skin, she persevered and showed the world what she was capable of with a record of 33-8. This is a ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really neat story about one of the first female, African American pitchers in professional baseball. The illustrations are great! Plus the text includes a bunch of quotes from Mamie herself and others who came in contact with her. It touches on segregation, but focuses mostly on her baseball story. The end of the book features a note on what happened to Maime after her baseball career plus a picture of her when she was young. Great picture book biography!

Thanks Netgalley for the ARC! All
Amy Hodges
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mamie on the Mound was a great biography about Mamie Johnson. I really enjoyed the illustrations and the facts that the author gave. I didn't realize that shehad paved the way for people such as Mo'nae Davis and others to play baseball. This is the prefect literary nonfiction book for elementary aged students. I will be purchasing a copy for my library.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story of one of the first women in the negro baseball league. Good vision of goal setting and staying true to that goal and being willing to overcome the norm. Great for younger readers but will entice that stronger reader to look for more.
Bonnie Grover
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A black woman playing professional baseball in the 1950s- groundbreaking and inspiring for female athletes and women! Mamie Johnson was the only woman to play on a professional mens team. Im adding this to my shelf for sure! ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will order this title for our collection. It's a good biography.
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