Author Martha Ackmann Takes You Inside her New Book Curveball

Meet Martha Ackmann, author of the Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball. This is the fascinating story of the “best baseball player you’ve never heard of” … a woman who faced incredible odds in pursuit of her dream.


Thursday, August 23


Cary Memorial Library




Toni Stone wanted to play professional baseball more than anything in the world. Since women’s leagues refused her eligibility due to the color of her skin, she ended up playing with men in the Negro League. (from 1932 until 1954) , alongside such greats as Satchel Paige, Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron.  Curveball is not only the story of the talent and achievements of this amazing woman, it is also the story of the sexism and racism that she endured. Chronicling both Stone’s struggles and victories, the author reveals how far passion, pride, and determination can take one person.

Martha Ackmann is a journalist, author, and editor who writes about women who have changed America. A much sought after public speaker, she addresses government agencies, corporate and business groups, professional organizations, and has spoken at colleges and universities across America. Her talks have been described as “moving” “dynamic” “eloquent” “unforgettable” and full of hope.

She has been featured on the “Today Show”, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC, and many other radio and television outlets around the country. Her columns, articles, and op-eds have been published in major metropolitan newspapers including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Houston Chronicle. In addition to writing and public speaking, Dr. Ackmann is also a member of the faculty at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

This program will be held in the Large Meeting Room at Cary Library. The program is free, and open to all ages. Space is limited.

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