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Toni Stone, Peanut Johnson and Constance Morgan Signed Ball - First Three Woman In Professional Baseball
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $290.00
During the 1950s, Toni Stone, Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, and Constance Morgan became the first women to play professional baseball, achieving that distinction in the Negro Leagues. Offered is an official National League (White) ball signed (during the early 1990s) by all three pioneers. Each has signed the ball in blue ink ("9/10"), with Johnson's signature across the sweet spot. The signatures of Stone and Morgan appear, respectively, on separate side panels. Morgan, in addition to signing the ball, has also added her former team affiliation, "Indianapolis Clowns," below her signature. Both Stone and Johnson debuted with the Indianapolis Clowns in 1953 and Morgan joined the club the following season. While many originally thought it was simply a publicity stunt (the Negro League was in a steep decline at the time) the woman quickly proved their ability on the field. Stone actually replaced Hank Aaron at second base for the Clowns and batted .243 in fifty games with the club in 1953. Johnson, a pitcher, compiled a record of 33-8 during her two-year tenure with the team. Morgan joined the Clowns in 1954 at the age of nineteen, replacing Stone who joined the Kansas City Monarchs that year. Each of the women retired after the 1955 season. Both Stone and Morgan passed away in 1996. This a rare and extremely unusual signed display piece commemorating the debut of women in professional baseball. The ball displays a few areas of very light age toning and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $290.00
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