The New York Yankees may have lost to the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 on Monday, but one longtime fan had her childhood dream come true.
70-year-old Gwen McLoughlin served as the Yankees’ bat girl on Monday as they hosted the Angels. And it was a long time coming for McLoughlin. 60 years earlier, she was rejected after writing a letter to the team asking if she could serve in that role. She was just 10 years old.
Back in 1961, McLoughlin, then Gwen Goldman, received a letter back from Yankees general manager Roy Hamey.
“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,” Hamey wrote at the time.
60 years later, in a new letter to Gwen from the current Yankees GM, Brian Cashman invites her to Yankee Stadium to fulfill her dream. pic.twitter.com/FHZK3SIfe5
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Yankees Fan Gets a Second Shot at Her Childhood Dream
Six decades later, McLoughlin’s letter made it back to the team. This time it caught the attention of New York’s current manager Brian Cashman. He replied and offered the Gwen McLoughlin a chance to come live out her dream. It was perfect timing too, as the inspiring story came as part of the Yankees’ annual HOPE Week.
“Although your long-ago correspondence took place 60 years ago — six years before I was born — I feel compelled to resurrect your original request and do what I can to bring your childhood dream to life,” Cashman told her. “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.”
“And 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 writng that letter to us as a 10-year-old girl.”
You can watch Gwen McLoughlin throw out the game’s first pitch down below:
Meanwhile, McLoughlin admitted that her favorite player growing up was former Yankees great Mickey Mantle. She also thanked the team and the entire organization for their forward actions on gender equality.
“It is my honor and my dream, and I can’t thank you enough for making this come true,” an emotional Goldman said. “Thank you for doing this for us women and for moving forward and opening the world up to the population. I feel like I’m in a dream to tell you the truth.”