The Negro Leagues broke barriers in many ways, but perhaps no greater contribution that putting Women in charge. This Women't History Month we celebrate the Women owners of the Negro Leagues.
Co-owner of the Newark Eagles with her husband Abe from 1935 – 1946, and the sole owner until 1948. Her Newark Eagles were winners of the Negro League World Series in 1946. She was a tremendous promoter and a great advocate of civil rights, often combining her passion for both baseball and equality.
Among her greatest contributions were following the signing of Jackie Robinson by the Dodgers, Manley would fight for enforcement of Negro League Agreements and compensation for Owners when their players were signed by Major League Baseball.
Following Jackie Robinson’s entry into the major leagues in 1947, Manley would secure compensation for allowing Larry Doby to sign with the Cleveland Indians to become the first African American in the American League.
“Mrs. Manley knows a few things about baseball and most of the men club owners could take a few tips from her. She is a good business woman,” wrote Chicago Defender reporter Fay Young in December 1943.
Effa Manley became the first woman elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006.
Was the wife of the famous C. I Taylor with the Indianapolis ABCs. She took over the team in 1922 after his death.
Became owner of the Baltimore Elite Giants after her husband passed away in 1949.
Assumed the duties of running the Philadelphia Stars from her father Ed. She ran the team until Eddie Gottlieb bought out her interest.
Owner of the Detroit Stars from 1956-58. She purchased the team from her uncle Ted Rasberry who also owned the Kansas City club.