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Meet the Woman Who Struck Out Baseball Greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig

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  • Her name was Jackie Mitchell. She was a “woman” of 17 years of age. And she could really pitch! But, first…
    It was a promotion that would make even Bill Veeck blush. The Reading Coal Heavers, of the Class B Atlantic League, announced their July 5, 1898 contest against Allentown would mark the debut of Lizzie Arlington, "the most famous lady pitcher in the world." Arlington entered the Reading baseball grounds that day, according to the Reading Eagle (via SABR), "in a stylish carriage drawn by two white horses."
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