Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth


Yesterday, I wrote about Jackie Mitchell the young woman who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in a single exhibition game in 1931. Sheis one of the players stories included in The 10 Commandments of Baseball by J.D. Thorne published by Sporting Chance Press. Sadly, Jackie Mitchell was unable to continue her career in professional baseball. Today, I talked to Jean Patrick, the author of the children's book entitled The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth (depicted above). Jean has written several children's books and travels to schools making presentation on her books and writing. Information on her presentations can be found at Jean's web site.

Jean did a lot of research on Jackie, but Jackie married late in life and did not have children. There is not a lot of information on Jackie. Most of it comes from newspaper stories. As far as Jean knows, Jackie died in relative obscurity. While her childhood was happy and inspiring, we know little of her adult life. Most of the newspaper articles that appeared on Jackie in later years were rehashes of older stories.

On a positive note, at least Jackie's early story continues to inspire kids through Jean's presentations to young school children.

The 10 Commandments of Baseball can be purchased at Sporting Chance Press.