Mighty Jackie: The Strike Out Queen

1:56 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen
Author: Marissa Moss
Illustrator: C.F. Payne
Publisher: Simon and Schuster/ Paula Wiseman Books; 2004
Reading Level: Ages 4-8

For as long as she could remember, Jackie Mitchell's father had told Jackie she could be good at whatever she wanted, as long as she worked at it. Jackie worked at baseball. She worked hard. And before long, Jackie could outplay anyone in her neighborhood- even the boys! She had one pitch- a wicked, dropping curve ball. But no 17-year-old girl could pitch against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Then on April 2, 1931, the New York Yankees stopped in Tennessee for an exhibition game against the Chattanooga Lookouts. And on that day, Jackie Mitchell made baseball history.

Moss tells the inspiring story of Virne Beatrice "Jackie" Mitchell who was the second woman in history to sign a minor-league contract when Chattanooga Lookouts owner Joe Engel signed her to pitch for his team in 1931. Women had been paid to play baseball starting in the late 1800s, but on June 23, 1952, organized baseball formally banned women from the minor leagues. Jackie will forever be known for her mighty curve ball and as "The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth."
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