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This Day in History: Ladies Edition

WHO | Virne Beatrice "Jackie" Mitchell Gilbert

WHAT | Jackie was the second woman to play professional baseball. She was a pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts.

WHEN | On April 2, 1931, Jackie's team played an exhibition game against the New York Yankees. Jackie, at 17 years old, was brought in to pitch an inning.

WHERE | Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1931, the Lookouts field.

WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW WHO SHE IS | In the inning that Jackie was brought in to pitch, she struck out Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. After the strikeouts, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis voided her contract and declared women unfit to play baseball, saying that the game was too "strenuous".  Although she was beyond talented, the world wasn't ready to accept a capable female baseball player. This ban wasn't overturned until 1992.