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Mamie "Peanut" Johnson Videos

posted Dec 6, 2012, 9:07 AM by Holloway McCandless
I just added A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson by Michelle Y. Green to my (evolving) list of favorite kids' sports books. While researching my review I came across a collection of video interviews by The National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) with the now-retired Johnson that I have to share. I've selected two that were particularly inspiring for this post:

Mamie "Peanut" Johnson talks about her major league dreams and her sandlot baseball training--her grandma forced the boys to let her play! Local birds needed to watch out for her pitching arm, though:

The day 18-year-old Mamie "Peanut" Johnson was scouted for the Negro Leagues (by a mortician!):

This New York Times article summarizes Johnson's career. It includes some gentle fact-checking of her unverifiable pitching record that doesn't diminish Johnson's rightful place in baseball history. Great quotes & photos, too.