By Martha Ackmann
Recounts the tale of Toni Stone, the 1st girl to play specialist baseball on men's groups and divulges how a long way ardour, delight, and backbone can take one individual in pursuit of a dream. a question of sin -- Miracle in Saint Paul -- Barnstorming with the coloured giants -- Golden gate -- discovering the center of the sport -- On deck -- quantity -- stick with it at it -- A baseball has 108 stitches -- Happiest day of my lifestyles
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I watched my folks come home and scuffle. It was during the Depression and I watched them work hard. ’” “Scuffle” was an important word to Stone. She used it to underscore the grit needed to work against the odds: resolve, persistence, sacrifice. It was the price people were willing to pay to do what they loved. If anyone suggested that playing black baseball was an easy road, she bristled and her thin voice became pinched and direct. ” she argued. ” During a time when a black person could be lynched for smiling the “wrong way,” a busload of African American ballplayers looking for a place to stay overnight threatened bigots on either side of the Mason-Dixon line.
20 Job opportunities brought most black families to Saint Paul. Some men moved from the South for “running on the road” jobs—porters and dining car waiters for the many railroads that crossed through the area. 21 Women worked primarily as cooks or did “day work” around town for white families who needed help with cleaning or ironing. 22 One of the barbershops was Boykin’s Barber and Beauty Shop in the busy Seven Corners area, just east of the State Capitol. ”23 Boykin and Willa opened the business together and served white clientele only.
Young (1921–1971) became executive director of the National Urban League in 1961, and he was one of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. *Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie were the victims of the lynching. In 2003, citizens of Duluth, in an effort to atone for and learn from the tragedy, dedicated a monument in their memory. *W. E. B. DuBois (1868–1963) was one of the most prominent African American voices of the twentieth century. A prolific author, DuBois is most notable for his 1903 book The Souls of Black Folk.