One game, Hall of Fame

Chico Outlaws female pitcher Eri Yoshida’s debut jersey and bat to go to Cooperstown

Photo By kyle delmar

New Chico Outlaws pitcher, 18-year-old Japanese knuckleballer Eri Yoshida, just keeps making news.

Not only did she help the Outlaws beat the Tijuana Cimarrones 8-6 on May 29 before a packed crowd peppered with media reps from such high-profile outlets as The New York Times and NPR, but now her No. 3 jersey and bat from the game have been requested by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

The RBI single she hit—“the first hit by a female player in men’s professional baseball in the U.S. since the existence of the Negro Leagues,” as a recent Golden Baseball League press release put it—made her Outlaws debut even sweeter.

“Eri Yoshida’s achievements have been remarkable and represent a historic moment for professional baseball,” said National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. The donation of Yoshida’s jersey and bat, he added, “enables us to further tell the story of how women continue to influence … the game of baseball today.”

A late-June date will be set for a presentation ceremony in Chico.