This glove belonged to William “Willie” Mitchell, the first professional Major League Baseball player to hail from Mississippi. In July 1914, Mitchell, a southpaw for the Cleveland Naps, hurled the first pitches that the soon-to-be legendary Babe Ruth saw in the big leagues as a nineteen-year-old rookie for the Boston Red Sox. The mighty Ruth—who was also Boston’s starting pitcher that day—struck out. Ruth got the win, though, as Boston edged Cleveland 4–3.
The Babe’s First Major League Trip to the Plate Ended in a Whiff
Mississippian made marks with two firsts
HUMANITIES, Spring 2018, Volume 39, Number 2