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Exhibition Baseball Americana

Kansas City Monarchs-Indianapolis Clowns program, 1954. Branch Rickey Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (027.00.00)
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Kansas City Monarchs-Indianapolis Clowns program, 1954. Branch Rickey Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (027.00.00)
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Monarchs vs. Clowns

The Negro Leagues continued operating into the 1960s, combining ball playing with comedic flourishes. This game program features Buck O’Neil, then manager of the storied Monarchs, and the Clowns’ three “feminine stars,” Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, Toni Stone, and Connie Morgan. Stone joined the team in 1953, taking Hank Aaron’s place at second base when he signed with another team. Satchel Paige helped Johnson perfect her curveball, and she became a regular starting pitcher.

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