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Martha Ackmann

baseball player, was born Mamie Belton in Ridgeway, South Carolina, the daughter of Della Belton, a hospital dietician, and Gentry Harrison, a construction worker about whom little else is known. Mamie spent her early years in Ridgeway, where she attended Thorntree School, a two-room schoolhouse. Part of a large family that included twelve half brothers and half sisters, Mamie lived with her maternal grandmother, Cendonia Belton, while her mother worked in Washington, D.C. Mamie's uncle, Leo “Bones” Belton, was so close to her in age that she regarded him more as a brother than as an uncle. Belton introduced her to baseball. Along with other children in the area, “Bones” and Mamie played baseball on a makeshift diamond, with a lid from a bucket of King Cane sugar serving as home plate and baseballs made of rocks wrapped in tape.

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Martha Ackmann

baseball player, was born Constance Enola Morgan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to parents whose name are unknown. She attended John Bartram High School and excelled in basketball, softball, and baseball, frequently playing on boys' teams. She also attended William Penn Business School.

Growing up in South Philadelphia, Connie Morgan rose to the top of the region's recreational sports. For the North Philly Honey Dippers women's baseball team, she played nearly every position, primarily catcher, every season from 1949 to 1954 In her final year she batted 368 She also played basketball in the winter for a well known citywide team the Rockettes Fans regarded the team known for playing a competitive and memorable brand of basketball as the top squad in the state One fan remembered Outside the city they were mean If they were here today somebody would be making a film on them because that s how ...

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John B. Holway

Negro League baseball player, was born in Winchester, Virginia, the son of French Poles, a laborer, and Matilda (maiden name unknown). “I played baseball since I was six years old, using a broomstick and a tennis ball,” Poles once reminisced. At age fifteen he was playing for the Hello Bill boys' club, graduating to the Springdale Athletic Club. In 1906 he joined the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Colored Giants. “I looked like my name,” he said, “a bean pole.”

He joined the illustrious New York Lincoln Giants as an outfielder in 1909. With the Hall of Fame shortstop John Henry Lloyd, the pitchers Joe Williams and Dick Redding, the catcher Louis Santop, and Poles, the team was one of the best in black baseball history. They claimed a record of 105 wins and only seventeen losses in 1909 Although most of their opponents were semiprofessional teams ...

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Martha Ackmann

professional baseball player, was born Marcenia Lyle, one of four children, in West Virginia and spent her childhood in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her father was a barber and her mother a beautician. As a child, Marcenia was attracted to playing all kinds of sports; she abandoned softball for baseball as a teenager, because she found baseball a faster and more competitive game. She began playing with boys' teams in the St. Paul Catholic league and at one time saved Wheaties box tops so that she could play on teams that the cereal company sponsored across the country.

When the former St Louis Cardinal manager Gabby Street came to St Paul to head a baseball school Marcenia asked for a tryout and kept pestering him until he gave her a chance to play Street was impressed by her skill and her persistence and invited her to join his baseball ...