July 24, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: Women In The Negro Leagues

Good Morning POU!

Today’s feature is a ballplayer that hit a remarkable .368!

Connie Morgan

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Many African-American men joined the Negro Leagues in the first half of the 20th Century because it was the only way they could get a chance to play baseball, as the Major League was not yet fully integrated. 

However, being a woman was not going to stop Connie Morgan from playing baseball. Morgan was one of the first female African Americans to play in the Negro Leagues. 

Morgan was born on October 17, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pa. She attended John Bartram High School where she played basketball, softball, and baseball. Morgan later attended William Penn Business School.   

Morgan played on an all-female team, the North Philadelphia Honey Drippers, for five years from 1949-54. There she rotated between many positions and often served as a catcher. Her batting average was .368 her last year she was on the team.  [Continue Reading...]

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