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How Effa Manley Became 'Baseball's Leading Lady'

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Effa Manley made history for her ownership of a professional baseball team and her induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Effa Manley's achievements as the first woman to own a professional baseball team led to her becoming the first woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Effa Manley turned her love of baseball into owning the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues and managing them to the league's 1946 championship. With the entry of Jackie Robinson into Major League Baseball the following year, the Negro Leagues were doomed. Even after selling her team, though, Manley continued to be a voice advocating for Black players and owners.

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