Ben’s Chili Bowl is proud to announce that Major League Baseball unveiled a mural honoring Negro Leagues Baseball and trailblazing players Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and Josh Gibson on the Lincoln Theatre across from our historic U Street location.
From the press release: Johnson, the first female pitcher in the Negro Leagues, joined the Indianapolis Clowns in 1953 and compiled a 33-8 record during her three-year career. Johnson began her semi-pro playing career with the all-male, Alexandria All-Stars and St. Cyprian’s, which played on Banneker Field in Washington D.C. Johnson was one of three female players to ever play in the Negro Leagues and has been previously honored at the White House by President Bill Clinton.
Josh Gibson, a 12-time Negro Leagues All-Star, was a power-hitting catcher signed by the Homestead Grays in 1930. The Grays played home games in Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. In 1972, Gibson became the second Negro Leagues player to be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
We invite you to stop by Ben Ali Way to view this amazing new addition to the mural artwork on U Street!