Woman elected to Hall; giant wasps invade Manhattan

From the Strikethree.com Newsroom

TAMPA, Fla. — Any woman bold enough to schedule an Anti-Lynching Day at the ballpark in 1939 is okay by us, and Effa Manley was okay by the Hall of Fame voters, winning election on Monday. Manley, whose husband made his fortune in the old-time numbers game, co-owned the Newark Eagles of the Negro League from 1935 to 1946, winning a championship in that last season.

While her election to the Hall was largely based on her civil-rights work, at the time the Newark players knew her as miserly when it came time to discuss pay. “She was fairly penurious in negotiating their salaries,” said historian and Manley biographer Jim Overmyer, who obviously has the deluxe-size dictionary.

Published February 28, 2006

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