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MIGHTY JACKIE : THE STRIKE-OUT
New York : Simon & Schuster
Books for Young Readers, 2004.
IL K-3, RL 3.5
It was April 2, 1931 and something
amazing was happening. There was a baseball game going on in Chattanooga,
Tennessee. No, that's not the amazing part. The New York Yankees
were in town to play an exhibition game agains the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Can you imagine how nervous those minor league players must have been?
And on the mound to face the likes of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig is a young
player by the name of Jackie Mitchell. Now, here's the amazing part,
Jackie was a girl! How could a girl possibly face the best players
Jackie Mitchell’s father always
told her to work hard and follow her dreams. And Jackie did exactly as
her father told her to…even though she was told her dream was impossible.
Jackie loved to play baseball and she practiced pitching day in and day
out. This hard work paid off as she was signed to pitch for the Chattanooga
Lookouts at the age of seventeen. On April 2, 1931 , Jackie made
baseball history while playing against the New York Yankees. Using perseverance
and courage, Jackie struck out not one, but two baseball legends by the
name of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig! Read this true story to find out how
Jackie made it through the famous game and inspired baseball players of
all ages. (Prepared by Jennifer Jones, SCASL
Children’s Book Awards)
Mitchell, Jackie, 1914-1987.
Ruth, Babe, 1895-1948.
Gehrig, Lou, 1903-1941.
Baseball -- History.
Women -- Biography.
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