The Dallas Mavericks might be welcoming a new teammate, according to the ever-shocking owner Mark Cuban. With news of the team’s unofficial mascot expressing interest in the 6’8″ center, Griner could join the likes of other female athletes on this list who’ve tried out for a male-dominated sport. Check out the list on the next page.
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As a soccer player during her years at Cobb County’s Lassiter High School and goalkeeper at LSU, Isom changed up her sports routine and decided to use her cleats for another sport, the men’s football team at LSU. Isom tried out as a place kicker but failed to make the team after spring practice.
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Silberman rocked morning news shows and sports outlets in the beginning of 2013 after she sought to try out for the NFL. Although only kicking a mere 19-yard kick at the 2013 Regional Combine, she went down in history as the first woman to participate in the annual all-male event.
Star athlete at UCLA, the 1975 Pan American Games gold medalist recorded the first quadruple-double in Division I basketball history and was the first to try out for an NBA team. Participating in a three-day tryout with the Indiana Pacers, Drysdale was offered a $50,000 “no-cut contract,”, but she eventually wasn’t chosen. She still walked away with the honor of being the first woman to participate in the tryouts and proved she could hang with the boys.
“Lady Magic” owned the secret formula to dominating the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury and became the first woman to play in the male-dominated United States Basketball League on the Springfield Fame roster. After she retired her sneakers, Lieberman became the general manager and head coach of the Detroit Shock WNBA team and the Dallas Fury in the NWBL. The gold medalist added to her titles once she became the first female head coach under the NBA umbrella for the Dallas Mavericks D-League team.
Serving as a kicker, Ashley Martin was the first female athlete to play for Division 1-AA team the Gamecocks at Jacksonville State University. They went on to win 72-10 in their season opener against Cumberland University.
Following in Ashley Martin’s footsteps, Hnida also participated in NCAA football, kicking for the University of New Mexico Lobos. She was the first to score for any female athlete playing in the NCAA’s Division 1-A football league.
On April 2, 1931 at just 17 years old, Jackie Mitchell not only became known as one of the first females to play on a Major League Baseball team, but this pitcher for the Double-A-Chattanooga Lookouts struck out MLB and New York Yankees greats, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth during an exhibition game.
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