Jackie Mitchell Was A Trailblazer

October 21, 2018

“Ruth and Gehrig Struck Out By Girl Pitcher”. Such was the New York Times sports headline on April 3rd, 1931. So, who was the mysterious young woman who retired baseball’s most fearsome hitters? Her name was Jackie Mitchell, a spirited athlete with baseball in her blood. She played in the 1920's and 30's, encouraged by her father who introduced her to the sport at an early age.

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When It Comes To Sport, This Island Punches Above Its Weight

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Locker Rooms Open Up To Female Journalists

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September 23, 2018
"A Good Guy In A Mean Sport"

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The Day Sport Venues Changed In Oklahoma

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Recalling Pre-Season Football, The Old School Days

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The US Open Finds A New Home

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10 years ago

BOXING October 18, 2008  Bernard Hopkins defeats Kelly Pavlik by unanimous decision.  The middle weight fight had no belt at stake, but it was nevertheless an unexpected victory for Hopkins who at 43 was 17 years older than his opponent. ‘Ring Magazine’ and ‘Sports Illustrated’ named the encounter the “upset fight of the year” for 2008.

20 years ago

FOOTBALL October 19, 1998  The NY Jets take down the NE Patriots 24-14 in Week 7 of the NFL. Under the guidance of Coach Bill Parcells the Jets finished the season 12-4, the best in the team’s history; they would move on to the Conference but lose to Denver. Just 2 years earlier before Parcells arrived, the hapless squad posted a 1-15 record.

30 years ago

BASEBALL October 20, 1988  The Los Angeles Dodgers upset the heavily favored Oakland A’s 4-1 at the World Series. Pitcher Orel Hershiser took home the series MVP, shutting out the A’s in Game 2 and pitching a 2-run complete game in the decisive Game 5 victory. It was the Dodgers’ 5th World Series title since moving from Brooklyn in 1958.

40 years ago

RUNNING October 22, 1978  Bill Rodgers wins the New York City Marathon, clearing the finish line in 2:12:12. It was the third of his four consecutive victories running the 26.2 mile event in the Big Apple. A virtual road pounding superman, the Connecticut native also won the Boston Marathon four times, in 1975 and 1978-80. His best ever record was 2:09:27.