|Seventeen-year-old Jackie Mitchell (left) poses with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig|
after striking out both men back to back in an exhibition game on April 2, 1931.
A pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts, Jackie was known for her wicked,
dropping curve ball. A few days after the exhibition game, Baseball Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis voided Jackie Mitchell's contract, claiming that
baseball was "too strenuous" for a woman. In 1933, after barnstorming across the
country pitching in other exhibition games, Jackie signed on with the House of David,
a men's team famous for their very long hair and long beards. Jackie retired from baseball
in 1937, at the age of 23, and went to work in her father's optometry office.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Friday, May 19, 1933
We went outside in Gym and played baseball. Last night we played a game and our side won. It was 8-6, I believe.