Another view of Effa
“When I learned Aunt Effa was inducted into The Baseball Hall of Fame, I thought the Museum is the proper place for the picture to be housed and displayed,” she wrote. “It’s not baseball related, but it is Effa Manley as a beautiful young woman around 17 years old.”
Moore ended up donating two photos of Manley that were accessioned by the Museum, filling a void in the Hall of Famer’s file. The archive contained a few photos of Manley in her later years, when she was already in the full swing of helping the Negro Leagues become a major sporting association in America. But these two additions paint a more complete picture of her life, tracing closer to her beginnings as a bubbly and ambitious up-and-comer.
One of these new Manley photos will likely be displayed soon in either the Museum’s Diamond Dreams exhibit on women’s history in baseball or the Pride and Passion exhibit on the Negro Leagues. Meanwhile, the Museum’s photo archive team hopes to receive more unprompted correspondence from potential donors to fill out their Hall of Famer files.
Matt Kelly is the communications specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The collection is built entirely through donation and continues to grow through the generosity of numerous people who are willing to make their baseball images available to the public for research, publication, exhibition, and the personal enjoyment of fans. To explore possible donations, please email the Museum at [email protected].
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum features a collection of nearly 250,000 photographs like this one. Reproductions are available for purchase. To purchase a reprint of this photograph or others from the Photo Archive collections, please call (607) 547-0375 or email [email protected]. Hall of Fame members receive a 10-percent discount.