Effa Louise Manley

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Effa Louise Manley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1897 to John and Bertha.  She graduated from Penn Central High School.  After graduation is worked in the hat making business.  She married Abe in 1935 after meeting him at a New York Yankees game.  Abe owned and operated the Newark Eagles in Newark, New Jersey.

She took over the day-to-day operation of the team, arranged playing schedules, planned the team’s travel, managed and me the payroll, bought equipment, negotiated contracts and handled publicity and promotions.  By the spring of 1981 her health had deteriorated to the point that she could no longer live in her apartment. She had colon cancer which progressed into the peritonitis after surgery.  She never recovered and died in 1981. Don Tate wrote a children’s book, She Loved Baseball: The Ella Manley Story in 2010. 

What you may not know about Effa is that in 2006, she posthumously became the first (and to date) the only woman inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, chosen by the Special Committee on Negro Leagues, that’s right while she could pass for a white woman her heritage was black.

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Comments (20)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - that is an inspiring story.  We have to take a trip out to Cooperstown again.

Sep 21, 2021 03:38 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

And a big thank you to Abe for buying the teams to eventually give her the opportunity.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Sep 21, 2021 04:22 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is very interesting and I had never heard of her before today, good for her, doing what she loved and doing it well.

Sep 21, 2021 04:50 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Effa deserves her place in the Hall of Fame wothout doubt. What would a converstion with her be like? A lot of listening. Enjoy your day.

Sep 21, 2021 04:54 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - an interesting story.  Thank you for sharing it.  

Sep 21, 2021 04:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

A very interesting story, for sure, James. Not something I'd have ever been aware of without your post.

Sep 21, 2021 05:01 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

A negro league played regularly in Minot North Dakota. They were the Minot Mallards. The most famous Minot Mallard was Satchel Paige.  He did not intend to live here but while he was on a rival team he celebrated to much one night and missed the bus out so he joined the Mallards for a year.

Here are a few Satchel Paige quotes:

Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.
Sep 21, 2021 06:10 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

So cool, did not know.  Well done HOF. . Its Taco Tuesday, so.... soft or hard?  Thanks again for the post.  Make it a productive day.  Bill Salvatore

Sep 21, 2021 06:14 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

What a great story you shared with us, and once agin I had no idea.  A

Sep 21, 2021 07:23 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Love this story, James! I had never heard of Effa Louise Manley so, thank you for the history lesson today.

Hope to see you on our call today!

Sep 21, 2021 07:26 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

So, so much more depth to this post than meets the eye. The book should be a very interesting read if it's written well. We'll wait and see Janes.

Sep 21, 2021 08:09 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, what a great story, and glad she was recognized, she was an important woman back then! 

Sep 21, 2021 08:29 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yet another inspiring story and someone I had never heard of. Glad to see her recognized for her accomplisments.

Sep 21, 2021 08:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- this really is an amazing story!!! I'd love to see a movie made out of it. 

Sep 21, 2021 09:56 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Sep 21, 2021 01:45 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

She did deserve her nomination and acceptance into the MLB hall of fame. I hope you had a Happy Tuesday James Dray 

Sep 21, 2021 07:04 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good evening James! That is quite a feat - easpecially for those times

Sep 21, 2021 07:34 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James as a baseball fan, no I had no idea and Cooperstown is still on the bucket list, so thank you for walking me down in case I don't make it, Endre

Sep 21, 2021 10:47 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

She deserves to be in the Hall of Fame for her achievements.

Oct 16, 2021 03:26 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

What a fascinating story about Effa Louise Manley! A woman who was prominent in professional baseball is rare, even today. It may be a long time before another women is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Dec 13, 2021 09:19 AM