Mamie “Peanut” Johnson was one of three women, and the first female pitcher, to play in the Negro Leagues. Pictured here on June 05, 2008, Johnson and other living players from the Negro League Era were drafted by major league franchises prior to the 2008 MLB First Year Draft. Johnson was selected by the Washington Nationals.

Mamie “Peanut” Johnson was one of three women, and the first female pitcher, to play in the Negro Leagues. Pictured here on June 05, 2008, Johnson and other living players from the Negro League Era were drafted by major league franchises prior to the 2008 MLB First Year Draft. Johnson was selected by the Washington Nationals.

From the first woman pitcher in the Negro Leagues to a beloved TV broadcaster, Washingtonians have mourned the loss of many of our friends, family members and neighbors in 2017. Kojo takes stock of several notable lives who influenced many in the field of arts, sports, journalism and politics.

Guests

  • Emily Langer Obituary Writer, The Washington Post; @EmilyLangerWP
  • Rhiannon Walker Associate Editor, The Undefeated; @InstantRHIplay
  • Nicole Hertvik Publisher and Editor, DC Metro Theater Arts

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