A Strong Right Arm:
The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson

by Michelle Y. Green

Sing Along to the tune of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"!

Peanut played on the sand lot
With all her friends i
n the field.
Their ball was a tape-covered round rock
Their bat was a branch that could give it a sock.
Peanut dreamed of playing on real teams
But mountains stood in her way.
She’d still play every day
Til’ they moved from her way
At the old ball game!

Her skin was the color of chocolate.
Her will was the power of steel.
Jim Crow laws towered before her:
Back of the bus and no coloreds could deal,
So she persevered and got better
She learned that knuckleball pitch!
Fast balls soared, change-ups roared
Not a fan there was bored
At the old ball game!



To learn more about this remarkable young African-American lady whose fastball broke down walls of prejudice, you will want to read A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, by Michelle Y. Green, and do the activites in the Kids' Wings Unit. This award-winning baseball book provides the backdrop for learning about courage and perseverance and extends the story into practicing and mastering life-skills.

Research Links for A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson

Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, Pitching Pioneer
Exploratorium's Science of Baseball

Math Baseball

Lou Gehrig

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"Casey at the Bat" Aaron Shephard's Readers' Theater

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