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She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  63 reviews
"A wonderful picture book biography. Little girls will be inspired."* This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.

Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Balzer + Bray
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Sandy Brehl
Here's a book that's been around for half a decade and received nowhere NEAR the attention it deserves. There's more than a touch of irony in that, since Effa Manley's life was also largely ignored by anyone in the circles of power, meaning Major League Baseball. She was truly a woman ahead of her time in the arenas of sports, business, civil rights, and gender stereotypes.
Her integrity, ingenuity, and insistence on fairness changed lives and the face of American baseball. Long after the Negro
Jocelyn H
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Picture book about Effa Manley, owner of the Newark Eagles, Negro League Baseball team. The artwork is beautiful. I wish the story was fleshed out a little more. Some (interesting) facts about her life are laid out without a lot of context or detail, and somewhat devoid of emotion. She's such a fascinating strong person; I really wish her story was presented in a more engaging manner. Still worth a read, especially if you're not overly familiar with Effa Manley.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I never write reviews of books. But this one, and Effa's story in general, deserve it.
The story is beautiful. The pictures are beautiful.
And for me, it proved that baseball's finest moments are not always on the field.
Sometimes there IS crying in baseball-- when you read about the people and history, that is.
Edward Sullivan
Wonderful biography of a determined activist and a pioneer in baseball. A great persepctive on Negro League baseball history.
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved not only the story, but the pictures. I could stare at these pictures forever. Beautiful story about Abe Manley's wife. The best part a message about perseverance.
Heather Jo
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meggie-list
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Effa Manley worked hard alongside her husband Abe Manley to make negro baseball league team the Newark Eagles a success. Through her efforts, negro baseball franchises began to earn money for players that were picked up by white sports teams. She was a tireless supporter of civil rights and players rights. This book is a nice companion book to Kadir Nelson's "We are the Ship" which explores the history of the Negro Baseball League and it's players.
Margo Tanenbaum
This new biographical picture book about Effa Manley, the first--and only--woman inducted into the august National Baseball Hall of Fame is a terrific read for kids and adults as well. No, she was not a baseball player herself, rather she was the proud co-owner and manager of the Newark Eagles, a Negro League team, and an advocate for civil rights.

Effa always loved baseball, and after moving to New York loved to see Babe Ruth play for the Yankees. She was also an early civil rights organizer, es
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Vernick first introduces us to a young Effa Brooks in first grade. Effa loved playing baseball with her brothers but wasn't allowed because she was a girl and was lighter in skin tone. In 1932 after finishing high school Effa moves from Philadelphia to New York City.

Upset by the unfair treatment of Blacks. Effa gets involved to make a difference. White store owners were refusing to hire Black workers.

"She organized the Citizens League for Fair Play, a group of community leaders. They urged Harle
Ben Truong
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story is a children's picture book written by Audrey Vernick and illustrated by Don Tate. It is a cursory biography about the early life of Effa Manley, who loved baseball so much that she would become a manager of a team that cared for her team so much that she would fight for recognition and equality for them.

February, at least in my part of the world is Black History Month, which I plan to read one children's book, particularly a biography, which pertains t
Alex Haven
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Ever since she was a little girl, Effa was treated differently. Not only did she have dark skin, but it was not as dark as her brothers, so she was not allowed to play with them, and even if she could, girls were not supposed to play the games boys did in Philadelphia in the early 1900’s. After she moved to New York, she fell in love with everything about baseball thanks to seeing the Yankees play. Effa quickly noticed how most of the businesses in Harlem were owned by White peopl
Lisa Carroll
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this biography of Effa Manley. She was a thoroughly amazing woman. Although this includes many illustrations, this book is geared towards the older student. Older children will enjoy reading this because it ties in literacy, with a love of sports and it offers a social studies lesson as well. The illustrations were amazing, but it would have been wonderful to include real pictures of this amazing woman as well. The pictures are vibrant and come to life when describin ...more
Lantz Kehlmier
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
She Loved Baseball by Audrey Vernick takes place in the 1930’s and an era when African American baseball started and how a woman named Effa Manley played a big role in the movement of African American baseball, or Negro Leagues as they were called, to make a stop in segregation. This book takes the reader back to a place in history where these were big issues and it gives the reader a good perspective of what it might be like to be in someone else’s shoes.

Vernick did a superb job of telling Eff
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a story that I didn't know, about Negro League team manager, Effa Manley. It's eye-opening, and feel-good, in that Ms. Manley finally got what she wanted, although it came after she died.

The illustrations are beautiful - I especially like the cityscapes that are backdrops in some pictures - and they help to ground the story when so much of the material is new, at least to me.

However, the story itself is a little... choppy. The opening account of Manley's childhood is heart-wretching, bu
Not being a particularly big baseball fan, the story of Effa Manley was unfamiliar to me. Ever since childhood, Effa didn't understand why skin color should matter. It just didn't seem right to her. She grew up to organize successful boycotts to help her Harlem community and help run the Eagles, a baseball team in the Negro League. She later fought to get hall of fame recognition for the players of the Negro League.

This would be an excellent book for teachers to use with a unit on baseball. The
Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is a very short juvenile biography of an amazing woman. For those of you who don't recognize the name, Effa Manley was the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. She and her husband were co-owners of one of the teams in the Negro National League, the Newark Eagles. Players for their team included Larry Doby, Don Newcombe and many others worthy of note, but Effa herself was a civil rights activist as well as a woman devoted to preserving the history of the African American ...more
Jan Rue
Jun 10, 2013 added it
Shelves: ed-689-books
Written by Audrey Vernick (2010)& illustrated by Don Tate. Illustrations with acrylic paints. A great biography about the life of a woman baseball team owner. She was African American and grew up in the early 1900s. she loved baseball and with her husband they developed the black baseball league because in the 1930s blacks were not allowed on professional baseball teams. She did not like it when people told her it was just the way it was done. She set out to change those ideas. She changed the i ...more
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Despite looking white at a time when it was difficult to be African American, Effa never denied her heritage. She both stood with and for her race. When protests were needed, Effa helped make them happen. When letters were needed, she wrote dozens over many years to get recognition for her players. While this picture book biography is hardly complete (picture book biographies are by nature incomplete) it does give the reader a glimpse of a woman passionate about a sport and its players. Tate's g ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is another great picture book biography to add to a market that has lately been blooming with great texts. It covers the life of a relative unknown, Effa Manley, in the baseball world who deservedly was inducted into the hall of fame for her hard work in getting the Negro Leagues the respect and recognition it deserved. I was impressed with the subject as much as I was with the author for all of her extensive research. This text comes without endnotes unlike many of the texts of its kind, b ...more
Cally Turner
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this picture book and liked it because it was very informative. The pictures were also very colorful and creative, giving the reader a good image of everything that happened to Effa. I learned a lot about how Effa Manely helped with civil rights and how she was the first woman we became inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame because of all her work on the business sides of major teams and players and also getting black players equal rights as white during that time in history. I would re ...more
Effa Manley was not just a successful sports executive and the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. She was a person who didn't accept the status quo. Not when white-owned stores in Harlem didn't hire black employees. Not when other baseball team owners said women shouldn't be involved. Not when the Baseball Hall of Fame didn't include Negro League players among its inductees.
Vernick deftly weaves together a wide range of Effa's achievements in this well-paced picture book with p
Kris Dersch
I love it when picture book biographies introduce me to great figures in history who I should know and don't. It was through this book that I first learned of Effa Manley, the ONLY woman ever inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. The book covers her young life and early activism, her career as owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles and her lifelong crusade to gain recognition for the accomplishments and history of baseball's Negro Leagues. Great illustrations and easy-to-follow text ...more
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: african-american
Effa Manley was not only responsible for organizing civil rights in Harlem, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Author Audrey Varick gives the reader a glimpse into the life of a remarkable, accomplished black woman. Effa cared about her team, the Brooklyn Eagles and all the players on that team. She fought for her players to be inducted into the Hall of Fame just like players in the National and American leagues. Illustrated beautifully by Don Tate, this bo ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
This is the story of Effa Manley, a civil rights activist who ran a Negro Leagues baseball team. I love that her story is being told in a picture book, and the illustrations were wonderful.

I was surprised that there wasn't any back matter (a more thorough biography or timeline, references, etc.).

I thought the first couple of pages of the book felt a little disjointed, but then the book settled in, and it felt like a consistent narrative.
There's one place in the book where the timeline seems wron
Jennifer Oswald
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-alouds
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Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
‘She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manely Story’ is about Effa becoming the first female and African American baseball player in the MLB. The pictures in this book are absolutely amazing. Effa took care of all the teams business and was inducted to the MLB. She was always told baseball is no place for a woman, yet she managed the team to the 1946 Negro League Series. “She loved baseball and he loves her back.”
Mitzvah Zavala
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a gift to discover another strong, forward-thinking woman from the past. Effa Manley’s interest in and passion for baseball is told by Vernick in an engaging tale that serves baseball history well, names racism without being polemic, and encourages young readers to follow their own dreams. The brightly colored paintings add period details and energy.
Lisa Simon-Gerin
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully written picture book about the female manager of the Newark Eagles, Effa Manley. Vernick tells the unheralded story of one of the few women involved in the early days of the Negro Leagues. Don Tate's beautiful illustrations complement Vernick's prose. Highly recommended for kids who love baseball and for its portrayal of a little known woman in African American history.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This new biographical picture book about Effa Manley, the first--and only--woman inducted into the august National Baseball Hall of Fame is a terrific read for kids and adults as well. No, she was not a baseball player herself, rather she was the proud co-owner and manager of the Newark Eagles, a Negro League team, and an advocate for civil rights.
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