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On this day in 1931, 17-year-old baseball player Jackie Mitchell, who was the second woman to play in the all-male minor leagues and one of the first woman pitchers in professional baseball, famously struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game against the New York Yankees.

A few days later, baseball commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis voided Mitchell’s contract, declaring women unfit to play baseball as the game was “too strenuous.”

Here she is with Ruth and Gehrig.

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