In an exhibition game between the Chattanooga Lookouts and the New York Yankees, 17 year old Jackie Mitchell took the pitching mound.
First to bat? Babe Ruth.
Her first pitch was wide. 1-0.
The next two were in the strike zone, and The Great Bambino missed them both. Ruth demanded the ball be inspected, but nothing was amiss. She winds up for the 1-2 pitch. STREE-IKE. Ruth angrily threw his bat down and returned to the dug out.
Up next? Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse.
He swung hard and missed three sinkers in a row.
And just like that, she hopped off the pitching mound and into the record books.
A few days later, commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis voided Mitchell’s contract with the Lookouts stating that the sport was ‘too strenuous’ for a woman.
Women were formally barred from professional contracts in 1952. This would last for 40 years.