Yankees grant a 70-year-old girl’s 60-year want; function a volunteer bat woman

Some things are worth waiting for.

Such is the case for 71-year-old Gwen Goldman, who in 1961, at the age of 10, wrote a letter to then-GM Roy Hamey asking if she would become a bat girl for the team.

On June 25, 2021, the Yankees announced that they would do so as part of their HOPE Week initiative against the Angels on Monday, June 28.

In 1961, 10-year-old Gwen Goldman wrote a letter to the Yankees expressing her dream of being a bat girl. The answer she received from the GM at the time is still hanging on her living room wall.

This HOPE Week, the Yankees will make 70-year-old Gwen’s dream come true. pic.twitter.com/9sMosEcPOz

– New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 25, 2021

Hamey’s response, denying Goldman the opportunity in 1961, was rather unfortunate:

Dear Gwen,

Thank you for your nice letter that came in the post this morning.

We agree with you that girls are certainly as capable as boys and would undoubtedly be an attractive addition to the field, but you can safely understand that in a male-dominated game, a young lady like you feels upset in a dugout .

Thanks again for the letter and your interest in the Yankees.

With best regards,

Roy Hamey / Managing Director

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Goldman kept the letter at her home, and Goldman’s daughter checked in earlier this year to brief the Yankees of the situation. It wasn’t long before the Yankees decided to rectify the situation.

The Yankees’ annual HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere and Excel) begins Monday and puts Goldman in full charge of a batman, including a place in the shelter and all associated duties and responsibilities.

Better late than never, that’s for sure.

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