By: Tiffany Seal
This weekend, the DC Grays saluted Negro League baseball. Friday’s game included an exhibit from the Hubert Simmons Negro League Baseball Museum and many Negro League greats in attendance. Two notable attendees were Luther “Luke” Atkinson of the Satchel Paige All Stars, and Mamie Johnson-one of three women to play in the Negro League.
I sat down and talked to them about their experience and what it meant to represent a group of players that were unable to play in the MLB.
A little background on both of them before you watch the video:
Luke Atkinson played second base and shortstop for the Satchel Paige All Stars from 1955 t0 1960. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1960 but was called to serve in the Army the same year. After his service, he played for the Glenarden Braves in the Continental League. 1964 was his last year of professional baseball.
Mamie “Peanut” Johnson was a utility player for the Indianapolis Clowns. She was the first female pitcher in the Negro Leagues and her career spanned from 1953 to 1955 with an impressive win loss record of 33-8. Washington DC’s Ward 7 little league is named in her honor as the “Mamie “Peanut” Johnson Little League”. She was one of many Negro League players to be drafted before the 2008 MLB First Year Draft. Johnson was picked by the Washington Nationals.
Source Credit: Wikipedia and cnlbr.org