On April 2nd, 1931 Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year-old female pitcher for the AA Chattanooga Lookouts, played the New York Yankees in an exhibition game and struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in succession. It is an amazing story. The owner of the Lookouts, Joe Engel, had found Jackie at one of the clinics he sponsored. Apparently, she had been tutored by a professional pitcher named, Dazzy Vance, who taught her to throw a slow curve ball. Dazzy Vance was an accomplished pitcher who threw a no-hitter, won 197 games and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1955. Jackie was actually scheduled to pitch on April 1st, 1931, but that game was rained out. She walked the next batter after Gehrig and was then pulled from the game. By then, though, the legend was born.
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