Suzyn Waldman, who recently sang the national anthem prior to the home-opener at Yankee Stadium as the result of a promise made to new Yankee ace, Gerrit Cole, has come a long way to become the Queen of Yankee baseball.
The former Broadway singer and actress, has endured sexism, death threats, nasty items received in the mail, stalkers and more. The first female, full-time, season-long color commentator for any Major League baseball team describes herself as being "tolerated, but not accepted."
Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, who respected her, took charge of protecting her during games and after with stadium security personnel. She was even followed home from work (unbeknownst to her) when the threats warranted such.
"I had a freaking security detail for an entire year because people were trying to kill me It was horrible," she stated of the experience.
She didn't let the fright deter her though as she refused to be intimidated. Once Waldman forced a meeting with George Steinbrenner in which among things he told her that he "doesn't like women in sports. I like women to look pretty and spend my money.
Suzyn resonded that she could do that, promptly got out her trusty tape recorder and said, "I want to talk about the roster!" Suzyn then said that he laughed and they talked about everything! Way to go, lady!
Waldman was instrumental in resolving the 14-year long drought of Yogi Berra attending any events at the stadium by arranging a meeting between the Hall of Famer and the Boss. Berra appeared at the Cathedral on opening day 1999 as a result of her efforts.
The very first voice heard on WFAN when it premiered on July 1,1987, is only the third woman in Major League baseball with the position of color commentator, and the second female to provide play-by-play coverage
The native of Newtown, Massachusetts, who holds a degree in Economics from Simmons College, also is a winner of the New York Sportscaster of the Year award in 1996, and was inducted to the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2016.
The life-long baseball fan has been teamed with the legendary John Sterling since 2005 and was the first woman to call a World Series game on radio in 2009.
Waldman not only beat discrimination, she overcame breast cancer after being diagnosed in 1996.
A trailblazer for women in sports everywhere, a fighter and the Queen of the Yankees. Suzyn Waldman. The Queen of the Yankees!