“I don't know what's going to happen if they begin to let women in baseball. -Babe Ruth (who was stuck out by Jackie Mitchell)”


Jackie Mitchell August 29, 1912 – January 7, 1987
Jackie is one of the first female pitchers in baseball, but became a legend when she struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehring back-to-back in an exhibition game with the New York Yankees. It was only days after striking the two baseball Hall of Famers out that it was announced by baseball commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, that baseball was “too strenuous” for women and her contract was promptly voided. She originally learned to play ball from her father and was trained to pitch by neighbor and major league Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, Dazzy Vance. In 2009, Jackie finally obtained immortality by getting her own nationally distributed baseball card.