In addition to my affinity for Jewish baseball collectibles, I am fascinated with memorabilia and autographs of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (the WWI women's baseball league featured in the hit movie, A League Of Their Own). I extend this more broadly to women in baseball, in general.
The March 31 death of AAGPBL alumnae and MOT Blanche Schachter got me thinking about other Jewish female baseball figures. In addition to AAGPBL players Schachter, Tibby Eisen and Anita Foss, I immediately thought of Yankees radio announcer Suzyn Waldman.
Love her (I do!) or hate her (and many people dislike her blatant homerism and heavy Boston accent), Waldman is undoubtedly a baseball pioneer.
As her Yankees bio indicates, Waldman is the first woman to work on a nationally televised baseball TV broadcast, the first female announcer to provide play-by-play for a major league baseball team, was the first voice heard on New York's WFAN Radio (the first all-sports station in the nation), and the first woman to host an NBA pre- and -post game show. She is also a 2003 inductee into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and a former Broadway performer.
Waldman quickly responded to my through-the-mail (TTM) query. Less than two weeks after mailing myrequest (c/o the NY Yankees), I'm now able to boast a pair of Suzyn Waldman autographed Signature Card in my collection, one for my Jewish baseball autograph book and one for my women in baseball assembly.
Does anyone else have Waldman memorabilia in their collection? If so, what pieces do you have?