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Toni Stone debuts Off Broadway

On June 20 I had the pleasure of attending Opening Night for Toni Stone in NYC. Toni Stone is an original play by Lydia R. Diamond based on the book Curveball, The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone by Martha Ackmann. It was great to get to know Toni Stone and witness her passion for baseball. She was the first of 3 women to play in the Negro League. Toni played 2nd base for the Indianapolis Clowns after Hank Aaron was signed by MLB. April Matthis is appropriately surrounded by an all male ensemble. She is spectacular as the title character. She not only navigates a great deal of dialogue, including many stats, but infuses humor and a sense of innocence. I am now a Toni Stone fan.

This is an important story that deserves to be shared. Together we can unite communities and expand the reach of these inspiring stories. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro Leagues. Join us in celebrating the legacy and honoring these civil rights trailblazers.

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