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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 2, 1931:
Miss Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year-old gate attraction
for Joe Engel's Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern Association),
pitches against the New York Yankees in an exhibition
game in Chattanooga. Babe Ruth waves wildly at 2 pitches
and watches a 3rd strike go by. Lou Gehrig gallantly
times his 3 swings to miss the ball, but unsmiling
Tony Lazzeri, after first trying to bunt, walks
and Miss Mitchell leaves the game. The final
score is 14-4 Yankees. In 1933 Mitchell will
pitch for the House of David team.
»March 20, 1934: All-around female athlete Babe Didrickson pitches the first inning for the Philadelphia Athletics in a spring training exhibition game against the Brooklyn Dodgers. She gives up one walk but no hits. Two days later she pitches again, this time one inning for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Red Sox. She is less successful this time, giving up four hits and three runs in the first inning. Bill Hallahan relieves her. Didrickson does not have an at bat in either game. She will also play several games for the House of David this season. Didrickson is the 2nd of only two females to play exhibitions with a ML team (1B Lizzie Murphy played for an AL all-star team on August 14, 1922).
»March 20, 1935: At Ft. Myers, it's a close shave but the Philadelphia A's trim the House of David, 4–3.