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Curveball with Author Martha Ackmann
Curveball tells the inspiring story of baseball's "female Jackie Robinson," a woman whose ambition, courage and raw talent propelled her from the ragtag teams barnstorming the Dakotas to the hallowed ground of Yankee Stadium. Toni Stone was the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro League. She played against Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Buck O'Neil, and Satchel Paige--and let her talent speak for –itself. Curveball chronicles Stone's remarkable career facing down not only fastballs, but jeers, sabotage, and Jim Crow America as well. Her story reveals how far passion, pride, and determination can take one person in pursuit of a dream.
Martha Ackmann is a journalist and author who writes about women who have changed America. Ackmann is also the author of The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight. A recipient of a John S. Guggenheim Fellowship, Ackmann is the former Augustus Anson Whitney Scholar in Non-Fiction at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She teaches in the Gender Studies Department at Mount Holyoke College where she is at work on a new book about poet Emily Dickinson.
Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library.
More About Memorial Hall Library
The Memorial Hall Library is Andover's public library and consists of three floors with children's, fiction, non-fiction, reference, computer and meeting areas. The library underwent a $5.2 million expansion in 1985, nearly doubling in size, and installed its first "reference" computers in 1989. The library provides programs for all ages and is beginning to offer more video, audio and e-book files available for download, in addition to roughly 130,000 audio and video materials and roughly 200,000 print materials. The library director is Beth Mazin, who library trustees appointed in 2009. The building remains one of the larger libraries in the area.
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