Kitty Burke

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Kitty Burke was a nightclub entertainer from Cincinnati, Ohio who was noted for being the only female to ever attempt to bat in a Major League Baseball game, albeit unofficially.[1][2][3]

On July 31, 1935, Burke was sitting in the stands at Crosley Field during a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals when she began heckling the players.[4] In what may have been a publicity stunt, she then strode to the on-deck circle, took Babe Herman's bat and proceeded to "pinch hit".[5][6] She ended up grounding out to first base; however, the appearance was purely informal, and the umpires did not count this as an official at bat or out, as she was not on the roster.[7][8] Allegedly, the Reds later gave her a uniform which she used while performing her act.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zoss, Joel (2004). Diamonds in the Rough. U of Nebraska Press. ISBN 978-0-8032-9920-7. 
  2. ^ "The Stories of Jackie and Kitty". The Ledger. April 28, 2002. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  3. ^ Seymour, Harold. "Baseball: The People's Game". Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-506907-5. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  4. ^ Seymour, Harold. "Baseball: The People's Game". Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-506907-5. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  5. ^ Seymour, Harold. "Baseball: The People's Game". Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-506907-5. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  6. ^ Smith, Curt (2003). Storied Stadiums: Baseball's History. Carroll & Graf. ISBN 978-0-7867-1187-1. 
  7. ^ http://reds.enquirer.com/reds99/100moments.html
  8. ^ "The Stories of Jackie and Kitty". The Ledger. April 28, 2002. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  9. ^ "The Stories of Jackie and Kitty". The Ledger. April 28, 2002. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved 2009-05-30.