Children's LiteratureTruth is often stranger than fiction. This little known incident in the career of Babe Ruth is a gem. Jackie Mitchell, a teenage girl, signed a contract with the Chattanooga Lookouts and she was slated to play in a preseason eXhibition game. This was 1931 when women were not generally involved in professional sports and they didn't play on the men's teams. Jackie got her big chance in the eXhibition game. She not only struck out Babe Ruth she also struck out Lou Gehrig. It was the beginning and end of her career with the Lookouts and the debate still rages as to whether she really did pitch a superb couple of innings or if the two legendary batters let her strike them out as part of a publicity stunt. It really doesn't matter, because it is an interesting bit of sports history, well told. A good choice for boys and girls. Part of the "On My Own History" seriesGrades 23. 2000, Carolrhoda/Lerner, $21.27 and $5.95. Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot <%ISBN%> 1575053977
School Library JournalGr 2-3-Jackie Mitchell always dreamed of being a great baseball pitcher, and at age 17 she signed a contract to play with the Chattanooga Lookouts. Her chance to prove herself came on April 2, 1931, during an Exhibition game against the New York Yankees when she pitched against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, striking both out before walking Tony Lazzeri. She was then pulled from the game, which the Yankees finally won. Unfortunately, the commissioner of baseball canceled the teen's contract shortly after, claiming that the game was "too tough for women." An author's note and an afterword give additional background information about women in baseball and about Mitchell's career. Realistic, pale colored-pencil sketches break up the text, but don't really add anything to the story. Still, the easy format and large print will appeal to beginning and reluctant readers.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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