A year later, ‘Pitch’ and Ginny Baker’s influence lives on

January 4, 2018 on ESPN.com

Ginny Baker was destined to be in Cooperstown.

In the fictional world of the now-canceled Fox television show “Pitch,” it didn’t matter when Baker, who was played by Kylie Bunbury, retired. As the MLB’s first woman pitcher, eventually, she would have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony could have yielded a whole episode. Baker would give a tear-jerker of a speech on her rookie year with the San Diego Padres. Padres catcher and teammate, Mike Lawson — played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar, would have given an equally emotional soliloquy. Who knows? He could have even been her husband at that point if the storyline of him as a love interest went on (though, let’s hope that would not be the case).

Though these are merely musings, Baker did end up in Cooperstown. The real one. In this world. And it’s mostly due to another woman baseball player, Baseball Hall of Fame assistant curator Gabrielle Augustine.

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