It certainly has been a summer full of fawning over the final days of Yankee Stadium. The House that Ruth didn’t really Build has mere months left on the baseball landscape, and everyone, it seems, has a personal memory to share.
In today’s Harwich Oracle, Cape Cod League president Judy Walden Scarafile tells the tale of her first experience at Yankee Stadium during the 1970 Cape Cod league All-Star Game, when she was forcibly removed from the press box by the old boys’ network of the time.
It was about 45 minutes from game time when a reporter from the New York Times sitting next to me leaned over and said, “You know you are creating quite a stir.”
I had no idea what he was talking about and I answered “really?”
He replied, “There has never been a woman in the Yankee Stadium Press Box before … you are the first.”
Well, part of me thought that was pretty neat and the other part of me thought that was pretty stupid — that women had not been allowed in this “hallowed” space. How ridiculous!
Ridiculous or not, it was true.
It was not long after that a security guard came to escort me out. I refused to move and called League Publicist Dick Bresciani, who was getting the lineup in the dugout. Bresh, who would later go on to a successful career with the Boston Red Sox, made some calls to the executives in the stadium front office and called back. ” I’m sorry, they won’t let you sit there. You have to move.”
How positively ludicrous I thought. At that point the guard grabbed me by the arm and escorted me to a seat two rows behind the press box. I sat there overlooking a virtually empty press box and watched the game.
Old-time sportswriting, when sexism took no vacation. Even for an amateur All-Star Game.