Perfect Little Pitcher: Jersey Worn by Florida Little Leaguer Headed for Museum Collections

Chelsea Baker, author of Two Perfect Games by age 12, to Donate Artifact to Museum on Monday as Part of a Salute to Women in Baseball

August 12, 2010
The Diamond Dreams exhibit salutes the roles women have played in baseball at every level. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hal of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will receive the donation of the uniform worn by Little League pitcher Chelsea Baker as part a salute to women in baseball on Monday, Aug. 16, in Cooperstown.

Baker of Plant City, Fla., wore the jersey during the 2010 season, when she pitched her second perfect game in less than a year, on April 9, when she was 12 years old. Taught a knuckleball at the age of eight by former major leaguer Joe Niekro, Baker did not lose a sanctioned game in a span of four years. Now 13, Baker is playing in tournaments across the country, including one this month in Cooperstown.

Baker's jersey was requested last month by the Museum's Accessions Committee, as an artifact that continues the story of the important roles women are playing in baseball. After a brief stop in the Museum's Today's Game exhibit, the jersey will be incorporated into the Museum's Diamond Dreams exhibit, which is dedicated to women in baseball.

Baker's donation will join the jersey received on donation earlier in 2010 from Eri Yoshida of the Golden Baseball League, who is pitching professionally at the age of 18 for the Chico (Calif.) Outlaws.

The Diamond Dreams exhibit features several artifacts which tell the story of girls playing youth baseball, including:

  • A baseball autographed by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis and given to Margaret Gisolo in 1928 when Landis upheld her right to play American Legion baseball.
  • A cap worn by Little Leaguer Maria Pepe in three games with a team in Hoboken, N.J., in 1972 before she was forced to quit. Pepe's lawsuit eventually won girls the right to play Little League Baseball.
  • A jersey worn by Katie Brownell when she pitched a perfect game for her Little League team in Oakfield, N.Y., striking out all 18 batters she faced on May 14, 2005.

On Monday, the Hall of Fame will present a program dedicated to the history of women in baseball at 1 p.m. in the Museum's Bullpen Theater. The program is included with Museum admission, and Baker's donation will take place as part of this program.

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