COLUMBIA, S.C. — Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, one in every of three ladies to play baseball within the Negro Leagues, has died at 82.
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick stated Johnson died Tuesday. In asserting her demise, Kendrick stated, “She was really a pioneer.”
The State of Columbia reviews the Ridgeway, South Carolina, native was rejected at age 17 from making an attempt out for the all-white All-American Women Skilled Baseball League. She was recruited in 1953 by the Indianapolis Clowns, the crew which featured Hank Aaron earlier than he went on to Main League Baseball.
In three seasons as a pitcher with the Clowns, Johnson posted a 33-Eight document in addition to a .270 batting common.
Throughout the offseasons, Johnson attended New York College and obtained a nursing diploma from North Carolina A&T State College. When her profession ended, she raised her son and labored in nursing for 30 years.