Toni Stone: Google honors the first female professional baseball player

Continuing to celebrate Black History Month, Google has dedicated a Doodle on their homepage to Toni Stone, the first woman to play baseball in a professional league.

The life of Toni . stone

Marcenia Lyle Stone was born on July 17, 1921 in Bluefield, West Virginia, the daughter of a World War I veteran. At the age of 10, Stone and his family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. It was here, while playing with the neighborhood kids, that she discovered her love of baseball.

While her parents sought to expose Stone to other sports, especially those deemed “more noble,” her talent and enthusiasm focused on baseball. At times, her love of baseball has led her to skip school to play, though she still teaches herself at the library.

Stone was able to start his first baseball game through the local Catholic school’s equivalent of the Little League, which was then the boys’ team. Since the team’s coach didn’t want to teach her what she needed to know, Stone would instead watch a nearby baseball school as they practiced. At 16, she was able to turn baseball into a source of income, playing for the Twin City Colored Giants, another all-boys team, at about $2 per game.

Then, in 1943, Stone moved to San Francisco, where she adopted the name “Toni.” That year, Toni Stone started playing for an American Legion Baseball team, despite lying about his age, because the teams were only open to teenagers.

At the time, integration was just beginning for professional baseball in America, with Black players forced to play in the so-called “Black Soccer League.” And despite the existence of new organizations such as the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, formed to keep the baseball tradition alive while men fought in World War II, black women Black is not allowed to participate.

Instead, in 1949, Toni Stone fought to join the San Francisco Sea Lions, a short-lived West Coast Black Baseball professional baseball team. Her time there was short, as she noticed that she was being paid less than her teammates.

From the end of the 1949 to 1952 season, Stone play with a semi-pro team, New Orleans Creoles, its owner saw her talent and potential when his team played against the Sea Lions. With Creoles, Toni Stone has found national recognition that she is Reportedly looking forallowed her to prove that women can play baseball as well as men and that Black players are just as good as other people.

In 1953, Toni Stone joined the Indianapolis Clown to play second base, replacing famous player Hank Aaron on the squad. According to statistics from that year, Stone had an average batting index of 0.364, ranking fourth in the league. The next season, 1954, was Stone’s last, during which she played for the Kansas City Monarchs, although she spent most of that season on the bench.

After her baseball career, Stone moved to Oakland, California to stay with her husband. Toni Stone died on November 2, 1995 at the age of 75.

Toni Stone Google Doodle

Tonic Stone

Animated Doodle honoring Toni Stone commissioned by Google from San Francisco artist Monique Wray. In it, we see Stone in her uniform for the Indianapolis Clowns, jumping to catch the ball just before an opposing team player reaches her base. In true Google Doodle style, the transcript in the background reads “Google”.

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