From 238,867 miles away, the moon was shining brightly in the evening sky like a reflective mirror hanging above the Bronx. The October Classic had reached its culminating game seven in the best of seven series between the defending World Champion New York Yankees and the mighty Pittsburgh Pirates.
The nail-biter had remained tied at 0-0 until Yankees third baseman, Miles Darby, scored from third base off of a base hit by the left fielder, Don Carlos, which made it past the infield. The game was now in the ninth inning. Protecting a one-run lead was a difficult prospect considering what was at stake. A win and the Yankees would add to their glorious legacy of championship baseball.
The pressure was on, but manager “Buggs” Anderson felt 100% confident when he called on his unconventional changeup artist, Marley Stone. If anyone could deliver for the Yanks in this situation, it was Marley. So, the call was made to the bullpen and Marley, regularly the Yankees star starter would come on in relief to finish the game.
Marley was a lefty who had been signed by the Bronx Bombers three years earlier in 2029. After a stellar performance in the minors. The team bought the left-handed pitcher up to pitch in the majors, and Marley continued to amaze everyone. With a record of 24 wins and 5 losses, an ERA of 1.74, Marley was the strongest candidate to win the 2032 American League Cy Young Award.
Marley was up and throwing in the bullpen before the call ever came. However, the 24-year-old pitcher realized there was a problem. The star pitcher had been healthy all season long. Never having felt the cramping pain which had suddenly just begun out of the blue; Marley had a brief moment of doubt but was determined not to let the team, the fans or the city down. Marilyn “Marley” Stone grabbed her glove and ran out to take the pitching mound. Not knowing that in nine months she would be a Cy Young Winner, World Series MVP and a mother.
Side note: In 1952 MLB banned signing women to play. The ban was overturned 40 years later in 1992. In 2015 Frances Melissa Mayeux became the first known female baseball player to be added to MLB’s international registration list. Being on this list makes players eligible to be signed by U.S. major league clubs.
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