June 29, 2021
It took my breath away…It was a thrill of a lifetime — times a million.Former preschool teacher and lifelong Yankee fan Gwen Goldman on becoming a Yankee’s bat girl at 70 after being denied the opportunity at age 10.
- Goldman wrote the Yankees as a 10 year old asking to serve as bat girl – it was 1961.
- She received a note back from the general manager (GM) at the time that read, “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 is a game dominated by men a young lady such as yourself would feel out of place in a dugout.”
- This year, 6 decades later, she received another note from the current GM Brian Cashman with an invitation to become bat girl for a game: “Some dreams take longer than they should to be realized, but a goal attained should not dim with the passage of time. I have a daughter myself, and it is my sincere hope that every little girl will be given the opportunity to follow her aspirations into the future.”
- Goldman threw out the first pitch at Yankee stadium Monday and served as bat girl. She said she never held it against her favorite team but kept the original letter for hope.
Watch her receive the news HERE
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by Jenna Lee,