This fall marks the 30th anniversary of one of Minnesota’s most celebrated baseball moments: the Twins’ 1991 World Series championship. But 2021 marks another milestone tied to the region’s baseball legacy. This year, Toni Stone would have been 100 years old. Stone, who spent a formative era of her youth in St. Paul, was the first woman to play professional baseball.
“People didn’t really know why she was signed. They thought it was like a gimmick,” says baseball historian Frank White. “But she played, and could play defense. Very quick runner, very fast runner.”
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