“I could beat them in the courts, but I can't beat them on the fields.”


Bernice Gera June 15, 1931 – September 23, 1992
Bernice is the first woman to sign a professional baseball umpire contract. She was banned from umpiring for five years because she didn’t meet the physical requirements of an umpire. However, she eventually won a landmark case allowing her umpire professionally. Ironically, she only umpired one game in Geneva, New York, on June 24, 1972. Due to a lack of cooperation from other umpires she became disillusioned with umpiring and instead took community relations position with the New York Mets. However, her persistence and commitment to achieving her dream opened the door for women who followed in her footsteps. There is a historical marker honoring her achievement in Blue Spruce Park in Pennsylvania.