In 1968 Penny Anne Early wanted to be the first female to be a horse jockey at Churchill downs. she entered into three races, but the other Jockies boycotted the races. then in late 1968 Kentucky Colonels signed the 110 pound, 5'3", 23 year old Early to a contract. Colonels head coach Gene Rhodes was not happy. and wasnt going to even play Early, but Colonesl management forced him to not only keep her on the roster, but play her in a real game.
On November 28, 1968, the Colones where to play the Los Angeles Stars, and early in the first quarter Rhodes put Early in. she inbounded the ball to a wide open teammate Bobby Rascoe. Rascoe immediately called a timeout and the Colonels removed Early from the game to a rousing standing ovation
After the game was over Early signed hundred of Autographs, but never would again play Professional basketball.