Her Curves Were Too Much For Them
A novella by Andy Broome
"Her Curves Were Too Much For Them" is based on the true story of Jackie Mitchell, the teenage girl
that struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1931 while pitching for the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Who is Jackie Mitchell? Find out here!
"What makes baseball so beautiful is that it is unbias by design. There are no barriers in the game, only those imposed by ignorance. When Bert Niehoff wrote Jackie's name on his lineup card, He didn't write black or white, male or female. He wrote 'Mitchell, pitcher'." - Andy Broome
A 1933 Goudey gum fantasy card designed by Andy. This could have been her rookie card if she had made it to the big leagues.
Jackie's actual signature. She used her married name until her death.
NEWS: Jackie has her own licensed baseball card! Read the press release below!
Hometown hero Jackie Mitchell to be honored with her own baseball card o:p>
o:p>Dallas (August 27, 2009) – Jackie Mitchell, the woman who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig at Engel Stadium back in 1931, accomplished something most can only dream of. She obtained sports immortality.
One thing Mitchell could not do was get her own baseball card – until now.
o:p>2009 TRISTAR Obak, a new set of baseball cards from the official manufacturer of Minor League Baseball trading cards, will include, at long last, Mitchell’s premiere baseball card. The set celebrates the 100th anniversary of the original 1909 Obak minor league set that featured Pacific League players from California.
o:p>The unique offering includes historic baseball figures such as Steve “White Lighting” Dalkowski, the inspiration for “Nuke Laloosh” of Bull Durham fame and Chattanooga’s own Jackie Mitchell.
o:p>“If Jackie had made it to the big leagues, her Rookie Card would have been in one of the most historic baseball card sets ever made, the 1933 Goudey gum set, side by side with the Babe and Gehrig,” said Andy Broome, author of the Jackie Mitchell novella Her Curves Were Too Much for Them and Senior Vintage Card Grader with Beckett Grading Services.
o:p>“It took 78 years for this honor but, as they say, it’s better late than never. I think Jackie would have loved to have seen herself on a baseball card. What is more iconic and American than a baseball card? Jackie did have a card picturing her in the 1988 Lookouts Legends set distributed at Engel Stadium, but the Obak card is her first nationally distributed baseball card.”
o:p>For more information, please visit: o:p>
o:p>TRISTAR’S Obak page: http://www.tristarproductions.com/MiLB/OBAK/
Andy Broome's Jackie Mitchell page: www.jackiemitchell.net
Beckett Media: www.beckett.com o:p>
Antiques Roadshow host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Philip Weiss discussing a signed photo of Harmon Killebrew as a 1957 Lookout.
The 2009 season of the PBS show "Antiques Roadshow" featured an episode in Chattanooga. Andy Broome was on hand to lend items from his collection to be used during the segment and provide his expertise. The segment was filmed in AT&T park in downtown Chattanooga, current home of the Chattanooga Lookouts.
This segment aired April 6th, 2009.
Be sure to see the Fox Sports "Amazing Sports Stories" episode about Jackie Mitchell which aired on May 18th, 2008.
Andy was featured on this episode.
Author Andy Broome is a life long baseball card collector and Chattanooga Lookouts fan.
Andy is the Senior Vintage Card Expert and Grader with Beckett Grading Services in Dallas, TX.
His articles and cartoons can be found in the monthly Beckett Media publications (www.Beckett.com)
He has been featured on Fox Sports "Amazing Sports Stories" and has worked with the PBS series "Antiques Roadshow."
The photo above shows Andy holding the "most expensive baseball card in the World," a copy of the rare 1909 T206 Honus Wagner. This copy sold in May 2008 for a record-setting $317,000.00
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