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Kim Ng has pioneered women’s roles in the front office

March 22, 2013
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In March, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates Women's History Month with a look at women who changed baseball history.

By Max Miller 

Baseball has historically been positioned as a male sport. But there are a number of women currently working to change this paradigm. One of the most successful to date is Kim Ng. 

Ng, who is currently Senior Vice President for Baseball Operations with Major League Baseball, grew up rooting for the Yankees of Thurman Munson and Don Mattingly in Queens, N.Y. She was a public policy major at the University of Chicago before accepting her first internship in baseball with the Chicago White Sox. With the White Sox, Ng did a number of jobs, but her work focused mainly on contract negotiations and arbitrations. It was in this position that Ng became the youngest person to present an arbitration case, at 26, and won in a case where agent Scott Boras represented Alex Fernandez. 

It was only up from there, as Ng became both the youngest (at age 29) and the first female assistant general manager in Major League Baseball when she accepted the position from newly-minted Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who had become familiar with her through her work as the American League’s director of waivers and player records. As Cashman later told the New York Daily News, “I was looking for the best person. I didn’t think about her being a woman. I never looked to make a mark.” 

Ng has since served in the assistant GM role for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and has interviewed for general manager positions with the Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. While she has yet to crack that top spot, it’s clear she has what it takes. “If I can do the job, she can,” said Cashman. 

Ng’s impact in sports is already felt beyond baseball. As summed up by an admiring high school student who got to spend a day at spring training with Ng after winning an essay contest: “She really has paved the way for women like me, and because of her, things may be easier for me. She represents perseverance. She realizes she is a woman and obviously it’s a lot harder for women to get in, but I don’t think she lets that stop her at all. She sees it as just a fact. 

“Her position, what she does, it transcends sports.” 

Celebrate Women's History Month with the Museum's Girls Got Game features. Subjects include Alta Weiss, Ila Borders, Mamie Johnson, Nicole McFadyen, Eliza Green, Kim Ng, Nancy Faust and Penny Marshall. 

Max Miller was the 2012 the Library-Photo Archives intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development. For information on how to apply for the Class of 2014 Steele Internship Program, click here