9. Gwen Goldman became a batgirl 60 years after she was turned town due to her gender

A young boy staring at the Yankees game.
Young children dream of being batboys.

Sixty openings for the batboy or batgirl position exist each season across the MLB. Six decades ago, Gwen Goldman, a dedicated Yankees fan, applied to be a “batboy.” However, Roy Hamey, the General Manager at the time, told her no. He wrote, “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.”

Although disheartened, Goldman never gave up. Just last month, the Yankees invited Goldman to be a batgirl. Tears formed in her eyes as she walked on the field for the first time. She even got a locker with her name on it where she could dress before walking on the field. During this game, she threw the ceremonial first pitch along with acting as the Bronx Bombers’ honorary batgirl.