Eri Yoshida secures a place among baseball’s greats

Eri Yoshida is still waiting to start her second game in the US, but has already earned her place in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

It’s unlikely she’ll consider retiring any time soon, but the 18-year-old Japanese pitcher has already secured a place in the Cooperstown, N.Y., museum that documents baseball’s history. The bat and specially cut-down jersey that 5’1″ Ms. Yoshida used when she became the first woman to play professional baseball in two countries — in her May 29 debut for the Golden Baseball League’s Chico Outlaws — will go on display in the museum.

Yoshida, a knuckleballer dubbed the “Knuckle Princess,” is the first woman to appear in an American professional baseball game since Ila Borders in 2000.