Dirty Birds to unveil new mural at GoMart Ballpark

CHARLESTON, WV (May 9, 2023) – As the Charleston Dirty Birds prepare to take the field tonight in their 2023 home opener, Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin will join leaders of the community and the team to unveil a new art project at GoMart Ballpark at 6:00 p.m. The mural honors Toni Stone, a West Virginian who was the first woman to play regular-season baseball games in a men’s professional league.

Toni Stone played second base for the Negro League’s Indianapolis Clowns in 1953 and the Kansas City Monarchs in 1954. The art project in her honor began last August during the Dirty Birds’ annual African American Heritage Night as fans of all ages helped paint the background for the mural to be displayed on the concourse behind home plate, starting this evening. City Art Director Jeff Pierson led the creation and development of the mural.

“It is a tremendous honor to have had the opportunity to contribute to this public art project, and to help unveil a mural that celebrates Toni Stone’s longstanding baseball legacy and brings greater attention to the contributions of women athletes to our sport's history,” said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. “It is my hope that young women will see this mural and be inspired to learn more about Toni Stone—the obstacles she overcame and her courageous and pioneering spirit.”

“We were very pleased to participate in this mural project as a reminder that GoMart Ballpark is about so much more than just the 66 home games the Dirty Birds will play here this year as West Virginia’s only professional baseball team,” said Dirty Birds' owner Andy Shea. “Toni Stone had to overcome two significant barriers to be included in professional baseball, and her presence in this ballpark will be a very present reminder for years to come that exclusion has no place in baseball – and all people are welcome here.”

“The Toni Stone Mural Project is a perfect example of how Public Art can tell the important stories that make our history,” said Charleston Art Director Jeff Pierson, who first conceptualized the project leading up to the 2023 African American Heritage Night. “Toni Stone is an important figure in our history and it is my hope this mural will continue to inspire generations.”

Pierson learned about Toni Stone as he was researching a project for another baseball field last year and then, working with the Dirty Birds front office leadership, seized on the opportunity to make it into a community-drawn mural at the ballpark and for the ballpark by having fans paint the dozens of circles that compose the background. Charleston artist Vasilia Scouras used those circles to create its colorful background while Pierson created the rendering of Toni Stone.


The Charleston Dirty Birds are a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary season in 2023, the Atlantic League is Major League Baseball’s first Professional Partner League, a player gateway to the major leagues, and a leader in baseball innovation. ALPB has sent over 1,200 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 45 million fans to its family-friendly ballparks throughout its 25-year history. Please visit


Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015