Toni Stone, who was born with the name Marcenia Stone, was the first woman to play professional baseball.
From a young age, Stone was always athletic. At age 15, Stone played for a local, semi-professional team, the Twin City Colored Giants.
During Stone’s career as a baseball player, she faced many obstacles simply because she was a woman. One coach even asked her to wear a skirt to appeal to fans, in which she refused to do. Discrimination also led her to change her name to Toni, in hopes that it would better her chances of joining a men’s team.
Toni Stone achieved her dreams in 1953 when she became the first woman to become a professional when the Indianapolis Clowns signed her.