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Mamie Johnson (Peanut)

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Mamie Johnson was the second woman, and first female pitcher, to play in the Negro Leagues. She was signed by the Indianapolis Clowns in 1953, played with the team from 1953 to 1955, and had a 33-8 W-L record.

She earned the nickname "Peanut" while pitching her first game with the Clowns. Opposing batter Hank Baylis yelled to her, "What makes you think you can strike a batter out? Why, you aren't any larger than a peanut!" She struck him out, and the she was known as "Peanut" from then on.

From the left, groundskeeper Murray Cook, Negro Leagues pitcher Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, and Larry Dierker discuss life on the field with Susan Reyburn at the Library of Congress in 2009.

After her baseball career ended, she was a nurse for 30 years, and also coached youth baseball. When she retired from nursing, she was the manager of a Negro Leagues memorabilia shop. She was also a guest lecturer at a Library of Congress symposium in October 2009.

sources include: Library of Congress bio information.

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