Jackie MitchellSports fun today: Meet Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year-old minor league pitcher who struck out Babe Ruth. That’s remarkable enough. But the coolest part? She was a girl.

A few days after she struck out the Bambino, Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis decided that baseball was “too strenuous” for women. Women were allowed to play professional baseball again while the men were overseas in World War II. Then they were banned from baseball.

Link-o-rama:
Jackie Mitchell at Baseball Almanac
All American Girls Professional Baseball League at About.com
Song: Kenesaw Mountain Landis by Jonathan Coulton

And speaking of baseball, voice of the Yankees Phil Rizzuto died today.