60 Years After She Was Denied, She's the Yankees' Bat Girl

Gwen Goldman was turned down at age 10 due to her gender
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2021 12:01 AM CDT
60 Years After She Was Denied, Gwen Goldman Is Yankees' Bat Girl
Bat girl for a day Gwen Goldman throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, June 28, 2021, at Yankee Stadium in New York.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Gwen Goldman exchanged fist bumps with the New York Yankees she had been admiring for decades from afar, walked onto the field, and waved to the crowd. She got to be a Yankees' bat girl on Monday night at age 70—a full 60 years after she was turned down because of her gender, the AP reports. Shaking with excitement, she beamed while recounting how it felt to be at Yankee Stadium on this day for the game against the Los Angeles Angels. “I don’t know where to start, of which was the best, what did I enjoy the most?” she said during a news conference in the fourth inning. "The whole piece, from walking in the front door of the stadium at Gate 2, to coming up to a locker with my name on it that said Gwen Goldman, and suiting up, then walking out onto the field. It took my breath away. It’s obviously taking my words away also."

“It was a thrill of a lifetime—times a million," she said. "And I actually got to be out in the dugout, too. I threw out a ball, I met the players. Yeah, it goes on and on. They had set up a day for me that is something that I never would have expected.” Goldman had been rejected by then-Yankees general manager Roy Hamey, who wrote her in a letter on June 23, 1961: “While we agree with you that girls are certainly as capable as boys, and no doubt would be an attractive addition on the playing field, I am sure you can understand that it in a game dominated by men, a young lady such as yourself would feel out of place in a dugout.” Current Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made up for that after hearing from Goldman's daughter, Abby. Wearing a full Yankees uniform, Goldman threw out a ceremonial first pitch to New York player Tyler Wade, then stood alongside manager Aaron Boone for the national anthem. “I didn’t hold it against them. I loved the Yankees," she said.

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