In a recent column I said farewell to a legend and good friend, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson. My trainer is an avid reader and very up to date on sports history. While he was busy turning my body into a pretzel, and I kept waiting for somebody to come along and sprinkle some salt on me, he asked a question that caught me by surprise. He wanted to know: who was “Peanut” Johnson?
Before I serve the main course, I would like to set the table. Followers of this space are aware that my three knuckleheads, Maddie, Jordan and John, often provide me with inspiration through their questions about sports. In this particular case, inspiration came from another source when I took my act on the road. Confused yet?
by Tim Lacy, Special to the AfroMamie “Peanut” Johnson died Dec. 19 at age 82. I feel it necessary to weigh in on her life story a little because she was a good friend. Peanut was born in 1935 when the atmosphere in America was not so welcoming for colored children, especially for girls. Growing up she played sandlot baseball with the boys. When the All American Women’s Baseball League was formed, she was denied entry because of her skin color.
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Selecting a term
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