She Loved Baseball

Author: Audrey Vernick

Illustrator: Don Tate

Published: October 2010

Publisher: Harper Collins

Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth’s mighty swing. But she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first-and only-woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

From her childhood in Philadelphia to her groundbreaking role as business manager and owner of the Newark Eagles, Effa Manley always fought for what was right. And she always swung for the fences.


*Starred Review*”Both author and illustrator are on top of their games as they bring this inspiring story to life.” -School Library Journal

“Tate’s muscular illustrations illuminate and breathe life into the events. He skillfully emphasizes emotions, giving every character a distinct personality and demeanor.” -Kirkus

“Tate’s energetic illustrations harmonize well with Vernick’s fresh and engaging text.” -Publisher’s Weekly

“Vernick adds appeal to this straightforward biography with repetitive phrases that emphasize Manley’s activist spirit, while Tate’s slightly stylized acrylic paintings convey both the historical setting and the timeless excitement in the ballpark..” -Booklist


A Fall 2010 Junior Library Guild selection.

American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer List of recommended titles for 2011.

Bank Street College, 2011 list of the Best Children’s Books of the Year.