Everyone’s been waiting for a major male sports star to make a move like this. Here’s why it’s so much harder for men than for women.
82 years ago today, 17 (or 18)-year-old baseball player Jackie Mitchell, who was the second woman to play in the all-male minor leagues, famously struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game against the N.Y. Yankees. We’ll leave it to you to decide whether the event was staged or not, but in any case it showcased young women’s talent and aspirations in sports.
Oh yeah, and a few days later, baseball commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis voided Mitchell’s contract, saying baseball was “too strenuous” for the ladies.
(photo of Mitchell with Ruth and Gehrig)
A great conversation is going on in the comments with regards to pulling sports and segregating them based on gender — either in the wake of the sports being considered too dangerous, or fearing the success of women.
UFC will make history tonight, February 23rd, 2013. Women will be competing for the first time ever in the UFC at the UFC 157 PPV. The world’s largest MMA organization has not only put together a fight between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche, they’ve made it the night’s main event. Are you STOKED?…
This particular thread of Public Shaming is incredibly, depressingly long.
Wow. If you didn’t already see, Ashlee Arnau, a cheerleader at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS, makes an epic half-court shot. Via @CVJimReeser.
(Carolyn) Peck: …These men did not look at me as a (woman), but as someone who could help them to sharpen their game.
(Debbie) Schlussel: Well you may think that that’s how they looked at you, but that’s…
Peck: And I did it, they became better players. And they feel — how do you know, how they looked at me…
Schlussel: Because I understand the human psychology, and apparently you don’t.
This Outside the Lines transcript from an Oct. 2001 show is very insightful and presents both sides of an issue well: the disparity of women coaching men vs. the number of male coaches for women’s teams.
And that last word from Debbie Schulssel — commentator, columnist and attorney — is just downright hilarious.