For many years, women did not play professional sports. They were considered too weak and delicate to compete. In recent years, many brave women stepped up to prove this idea wrong and make it possible for women to play professional sports.In the 1930s and 1940s, baseball was incredibly popular among Americans, but professionally it was played by men. Toni Stone was the first woman to play professional baseball on a big-league team. She was born in Minnesota in 1921 and grew up loving baseball. She first played on a league at the age of 10. Even from that young age, Stone faced a lot of discrimination. Many people thought baseball was a man’s game, but Toni never paid attention to the negative things people said. Instead, she worked hard and proved them wrong with her skills. Stone eventually moved to California to take care of her sister. While Stone was living in California, people started paying more attention to her baseball career. She played on some small teams, but she was able to show just how great of a player she was. In 1949, she played for the minor league team the New Orleans Creoles. Then in 1953, she played for the Indianapolis Clowns as the second baseman. She retired in 1954 after being traded to the Kansas City Monarchs. In 1991, she was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame and in 1993, she was inducted into the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.Thanks to brave and determined women like Toni Stone, women today can play sports professionally. Hard work, practice and dedication are what make people great athletes.