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Baseball with Matt: Effa Manley Edition

Hey baseball fans!


Matt Nadel of Baseball with Matt here with some more facts about baseball history. Baseball is mainly a man’s sport, which would explain why most of the people in the Baseball Hall of Fame are males. A lot of you might be asking yourselves: “Why did he write ‘most of the people?” The answer is simple: the first woman elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Effa Manley!


Effa Manley: A Baseball Pioneer (Courtesy of Baseball with Matt)

From 1936-1948, Manley was the co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues and was noted for running one of the best organizations in the Negro Leagues. Effa made the Eagles a huge threat on the field, as the club usually won its division during her time and won the Negro League World Series in 1946. She also was a big supporter of civil rights, which made her an icon among African Americans at the time. With Monte Irvin going from Newark to the New York Giants after the 1948 season, Manley established the example that major league clubs should respect the players of the Negro Leagues, just like the Dodgers did with Jackie Robinson. Because of the help she gave to Major League Baseball in the aspect of civil rights, Effa L. Manley was elected into the Hall in 2006 via the Negro Leagues Committee. Without her and her followers, stars today like Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard, and Albert Pujols would have never had the chance to step on a major league ball field.


Effa was a very big help to baseball and I thank her so much for helping the civil rights problem in baseball during the late 1940s. Anyway, thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it and check back soon for more of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

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