Sixty years after declaring the dugout was no place for a girl, the Yankees rectified their mistake and made one fan’s desires come true.
In 1961, 10-year-old Gwen (*60*) wrote to her favourite workforce and requested to turn into its bat girl. Then-general supervisor Roy Hamey declined her request in a letter that has been sitting in (*60*)’s front room since.
“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 in a game dominated by men a young lady such as yourself would feel out of place in a dugout,” he wrote.
(*60*)’s daughter, Abby, forwarded the letter to present common supervisor Brian Cashman, who penned a brand new letter stating that (*60*) might lastly fulfill her childhood dream. Monday, she served because the Bronx Bombers’ honorary bat girl and threw the ceremonial first pitch.
“Here at the Yankees, we have championed to break down gender barriers in our industry. It is an ongoing commitment rooted in the belief that a woman belongs everywhere a man does, including the dugout,” Cashman wrote. “Despite the fact that six decades have passed since you first aspired to hold down the position as a New York Yankees Bat Girl, it is not too late to reward and recognize the ambition you showed in writing that letter to us as a 10-year-old girl.”
(*60*) pointed to the modifications which have taken place in sports activities to permit her to succeed in this second. While there are nonetheless no girls enjoying in MLB, over the previous decade girls have begun to serve in virtually each different place within the league.
The Yankees are the one skilled sports activities workforce to have had two feminine assistant GMs — one in all whom, Kim Ng, was employed because the league’s first feminine GM in November.
“The Yankees have just been so gracious to honor me with this to be able to start off Hope Week and to see that girls can stand here, and we can be bat girls, too, and we can be in the front office,” she stated.
(*60*) was the primary honoree for 2021 Hope Week, which celebrates the accomplishments of a distinct fan or group every day. (*60*) donned a full Yankees uniform and spent a while earlier than the sport with ace Gerrit Cole.
“Gerrit will probably have her in good hands and making sure she’s safe and where she needs to be. Hopefully, it’s an experience of a lifetime for her and a long one coming,” supervisor Aaron Boone stated.
When requested if he gave (*60*) any recommendation earlier than the sport, Cole merely responded: “Just have fun.”
“I told her that I watch more games than I actually play in, so I have a good feel for how the dugout works. If she needs any pointers, go ahead and reach out. I just want her to be comfortable, have fun tonight,” he stated.
Joined by her husband, two daughters, son-in-law and her two grandchildren, (*60*) stated she’s by no means had such an “amazing” feeling as she did previous to the sport. Before the matchup, she learn her outdated letter and shed some tears, so in awe of the expertise she would participate in.
The 70-year-old native of Westport, Conn., who now lives in Newtown, Conn., fell in love with the Yankees due to her father, who would take her to video games. When she attended summer time camp, he mailed her clippings with the Yankees’ report.
(*60*) stated she hopes pursuing her targets will encourage younger girls, together with her daughters, Abby and Sarah, and granddaughter, Lila, to chase their desires, as nicely.
“It was worth writing that letter. It was worth having that. It was worth pursuing that and trying,” she stated. “You want to do something go after it.”