illustrated by Don Tate


Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth’s mighty swing. But she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first—and only—woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. From her childhood in Philadelphia to her groundbreaking role as business manager and owner of the Newark Eagles, Effa Manley always fought for what was right. And she always swung for the fences.

"Vernick's sprightly text and Tate's vibrant illustrations combine in an appreciative tribute to the first woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Both author and illustrator are on top of their games as they bring this inspiring story to life." --School Library Journal (starred review)  

"Vernick employs a matter-of-fact tone and highly descriptive, accessible language that not only provides a great deal of information but also captures both the essence of the era and Manley's compassion and strength of character. Readers will cheer." --Kirkus Reviews  

"What Audrey Vernick shows is a lifelong continuity to Manley's concern for fairness and makes her, with strong help from Don Tate's illustrations, into an engaging, energetic woman." --Chicago Tribune

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