Of the three women to play baseball for the Negro Leagues, Connie Morgan has enjoyed less fanfare than her famed colleagues Toni Stone, and Mamie Johnson. Although Morgan’s time in the league was brief, she made her mark simply by willing herself into playing on a professional scale.
Constance Enola Morgan was born October 17, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She discovered a love for baseball while in high school, and played for a local women’s team as a catcher. One day, Morgan came across an article that mentioned Stone, the first woman to play in the Leagues, and Johnson, both of whom played for the Indianapolis Clowns.
Morgan wrote a note to the team’s manager, Syd Pollack, who signed her after a tryout in 1954 to a two-year contract. Morgan put business school on hold while batting an impressive .300 in nearly four dozen games for the squad. She returned to the William Penn Business School and went on to become a typist before joining the AFL-CIO, retiring in 1974.
Just days before her 58th birthday on October 14, 1996, Morgan passed away. She was inducted posthumously into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
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