The Negro Leagues
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Though a relatively uncommon phenomenon, women took part in Negro League baseball, among them Toni Stone, Mamie Johnson, and Connie Morgan. Stone played from 1949 until 1955 with such outfits as the New Orleans Creoles and the Indianapolis Clowns. Johnson (nicknamed "Peanut") was the first woman to pitch in the Negro Leagues, and built an impressive record of 38 wins and only 8 losses for her career. Morgan started in an all-women's league (where she had a .368 batting average) before joining the Clowns in 1954.