Lizzie, Mamie, & Mo’ne

Exploring Issues of Racism, Classism, and Sexism in Baseball


  • ALAN BROWN Wake Forest University
  • DANI PARKER MOORE Wake Forest University



This paper considers intersectional social identities of race, class, and gender through an examination of women in baseball from the late 1800s to today. At its core, the article revolves around a fictional character named Lizzie Bright Griffin from Gary Schmidt’s (2004) adolescent novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy while interweaving dynamic historic and contemporary baseball figures, including Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and Mo’ne Davis, ultimately inviting readers to consider what it would mean for a new generation of young women to overcome racial prejudice, class differences, and gender discrimination to find opportunity and success in the game of baseball.

Author Biographies

ALAN BROWN , Wake Forest University

ALAN BROWN is Associate Professor of English Education, Bryant/Groves Faculty Fellow, and Chair of the Department of Education at Wake Forest University. A former high school English teacher and basketball coach, his teaching and research interests include working with secondary and college students as well as middle and high school teachers and athletic coaches to critically examine the culture of sports in schools and society while connecting contemporary literacies to students’ extra-curricular interests. 

DANI PARKER MOORE, Wake Forest University

DANI PARKER MOORE is an Assistant Professor of  Multicultural Education at Wake Forest University. Dr. Parker Moore's research focuses on parent engagement, parent experiences of education, and the impact of CDF Freedom Schools. 



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