You can’t make this stuff up – Eri Yoshida, a female side-arm knuckle-ball chucking machine from Japan, will join the Golden Baseball League’s Arizona Winter League in January.
At only 17 years old and standing 5’1″ and 114-pounds, Eri Yoshida made headlines in Japan this past year as the first female to play in a professional baseball game. The best part? Eri throws knuckle-balls…. side-arm… at 50 miles per hour. She made her professional debut for the Kobe Cruise 9 of the Kansai League, walking one and striking out one. She started playing baseball in 2nd grade and credits Tim Wakefield as her inspiration for throwing the knuckle-ball.