Norton Congratulates Mamie Johnson for Winning D.C.’s Little League Championship and Invites Team for a House Floor Tour
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today said she will enter a statement into the Congressional Record honoring the Mamie Johnson Little League baseball team as the first all-black team to win the annual District of Columbia’s Little League championship. Norton said she will also invite the team and its coaches to sit with her on the House floor and tour the Capitol. Mamie Johnson will now represent D.C. at the Mid-Atlantic regional tournament in Bristol, Connecticut. Mamie Johnson Little League was founded in 2015 and is based in Ward 7. The league is named after Negro League pitcher Mamie “Peanut” Johnson.
The championship game was played on July 24 at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, located in Fort Dupont. Norton played an essential role in negotiations with the District and the National Park Service to get the federal land for the baseball academy transferred to D.C.
“I could not be more proud of our Mamie Johnson players and coaches for their extraordinary victory in representing the best of our great city,” Norton said. “Winning this tournament as the first all-black team was a remarkable achievement, especially considering the Mamie Johnson League has only been playing since 2015. Perhaps our players drew inspiration from the Capitals remarkable upset Stanley Cup victory. I look forward to welcoming our D.C. champions to the Capitol.”