Toni Stone

She Rose: Toni Stone – Breaking racial and gender barriers in sports

Marcenia Lyle Stone, famously known as Toni Stone, broke barriers both as a woman and a minority. Stone became the first woman to play professional baseball for a big-league team when she played for the Negro American League’s Indianapolis Clowns in 1953. She replaced Hank Aaron, who left to play for Major League Baseball. Her position was second base.
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Toni Stone

Coca-Cola Stage. Considered a pioneer, Toni Stone is the first woman to play baseball in the Negro Leagues, also making her the first woman to play professionally in a men’s league. Against all odds, Toni blazes a path in the male-dominated sports world, breaking through the limitations others placed on her, and creating her own set of rules. Follow Toni’s journey as she fights for love, equality and a chance to do what she wants the most — play some world class baseball. Declared the "Best New Play of 2019" by The Wall Street Journal, TONI STONE is a funny and fascinating story of race, gender, and raw ambition… and an unheralded superstar you’ll never forget.

First female pro baseball player Toni Stone is subject of new play at the Alliance

As part of an ongoing celebration of Black history, earlier this month, Google had an animated doodle of Toni Stone, the first female professional baseball player, on the top of its homepage. Too few, however, know the face and name of this formidable trailblazer, despite Stone being inducted into the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. The remarkable athlete is the subject of the Alliance Theatre’s new production “Toni Stone,” playing through Feb. 27. Director Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and actor Kedren Spencer, who portrays Toni, joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes via Zoom to talk about the play that holds high the torch for the brave Stone and her many feats of athleticism.

TONI STONE Feature: A Story That Must Be Told

Award-winning playwright Lydia R. Diamond recalls how she came to shed light on an icon of professional baseball. If there’s one avenue that can link the often polar opposite worlds of sports and the arts, it’s theatre. Playwright Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly, The Bluest Eye) would say herself that she does not have “the sports gene” – the undying love that sports fans have for their sports. And yet, Diamond still found herself diving into the world of baseball research for Toni Stone.

UPFRONT featuring Alliance Theatre's 'Toni Stone,' BET+'s 'North of the 10' and Trina Broussard

Joining us for this week's edition of UPFRONT Inside the Entertainment Industry include actors Tosin Morohunfola and Don Benjamin from the new BET+ film, North of the 10. We'll also talk to the queens behind the new Alliance Theatre production of TONI STONE, director Tinashe Kajese Bolden and actress Kedren Spencer. Closing out the show is singer-songwriter Trina Broussard. She’s back to talk about recording the Minnie Ripperton classic “Inside My Love” for the classic Love Jones soundtrack, which turns 25 years old this year.

Now Playing: TONI STONE at Alliance Theatre

Alliance Theatre is shining a light on an unheralded, groundbreaking figure in history. Lydia R. Diamond’s Toni Stone makes its Atlanta debut on the Coca-Cola Stage through February 27, 2022, telling the true story of the first female professional baseball player. As a co-production with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Toni Stone is directed by Tinashe Kajese-Bolden.

See baseball trailblazer Toni Stone in animated Google Doodle

It’s been a big few years for the legacy of the late Toni Stone, a Negro Leagues second baseman who was the first woman to play regularly in a major American men’s professional sports league. A play about her career -- called, simply, “Toni Stone” -- debuted off-Broadway...

Google Doodle Honors Late Pioneering Baseball Legend Toni Stone for BHM: 'Her Love for Baseball Won'

Wednesday's Google Doodle honors baseball legend Toni Stone as part of the tech company's ongoing Black History Month celebration. The animated image features Stone, who died in 1996 at age 75, playing professional baseball for the Indianapolis Clowns as a male athlete runs past her on the field. Stone, who joined the team in 1953, was the first of three woman to play professional baseball for the franchise.

Baseball trailblazer Toni Stone was married to US Army's 'first black officer'

The Google Doodle for 9 February 2022 honours female African-American baseball player Toni Stone, so the topic of whether she was married is now trending. Baseball legend Toni Stone was celebrated in Google’s animated Doodle as part of Black History Month. Breaking down the barriers of sport in the...

Google Doodle honors baseball great Toni Stone

Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Wednesday's Google Doodle, created by artist Monique Wray, honors Marcenia "Toni" Stone, the first woman to play professional baseball as a regular in a men's major baseball league. "Here's to you, Toni Stone -- thanks for showing the world what determination and unstoppable love for the...
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West Virginia born Toni Stone featured in Wednesday’s Google Doodle

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — A woman born in West Virginia is featured on Wednesday’s Google Doodle on Google’s homepage worldwide, paying homage to her trailblazing in baseball. In honor of Black History Month, Google is celebrating Marcenia “Toni” Stone, who became the first woman in history to play professional baseball as a regular in a men’s major baseball league.

Google honors Toni Stone with Wednesday’s doodle

Over the past few years, Google has taken to using their daily doodle as a way to honor important people in history. With February being Black History Month, it is understandable that they are using this method to highlight important figures in black history. That is the case on Wednesday as they are using the doodle to honor Toni Stone.

Google Doodle honors trailblazing Black baseball legend Toni Stone

On Wednesday, Google honored the late Toni Stone – the Negro Leagues second baseman who was the first woman to play regularly for American men’s professional sports teams. Born in Bluefield, W.V. but raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Stone played for the Negro League teams the Indianapolis Clowns and the famed Kansas City Monarchs – where she replaced baseball legend Hank Aaron.

Google Doodle honors Toni Stone, trailblazing female pro baseball player

This article, Google Doodle honors Toni Stone, trailblazing female pro baseball player, originally appeared on Toni Stone broke down gender barriers in the 1950s as one of the first women in men's professional baseball when she played in Negro Leagues. While white women were playing in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, a women-only league highlighted in the 1992 movie A League of their Own, she was playing on previously all-male teams such as the Indianapolis Clowns and the Kansas City Monarchs.