“I am wedded to baseball.”

Amanda Clement March 20 1888 – July 20, 1971
At age 16 years, Amanda became the first woman to be paid to be as an umpire. She umpired for six years calling as many as 60 games per season. She was dubbed, “The Only Lady Umpire in the World,” but she was one of the highest paid umpires of baseball earning between $15 and $25 per game. Amanda took the money she earned umpiring and paid for her college education at the University of Nebraska; successfully graduating with a degree in Physical Education. She reportedly refused over 60 offers of marriage from baseball players, and never married. Amanda also broke records by becoming the first female high school basketball referee, and held the 1912 women’s world record baseball throw at 275 feet.