Batperson’s Big Chance. Sent to a meeting at home plate. I’d get to hear what really goes on in those home plate conferences. Behind the scenes at the ballpark. I met the two umpires and a slightly confused representative of the other team. “You’re the other batgirl, huh?” the home plate umpire asked. “Batpersons.”
It may be hard to believe, but not that long ago—at least in my perspective!—writing sports was strictly for the guys. No way could a girl know enough about professional sports to conduct an interview or write intelligently. How in the world could a woman know the difference between a fastball and a slider; offside and icing; first downs and pass interference? And even if she could carry on an intelligent conversation about the Montreal Canadiens’ chances in the Stanley Cup Play-Offs, no female could—or would—or should actually write about it.