Sherry Davis broke barriers with Giants
Fortunately, her ultimate love for the game – and Candlestick Park – won out.
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Davis spent seven seasons as the Giants’ PA announcer, but one of her most memorable games was her debut, on Opening Day in 1993.
“For my first game, Tony Bennett sang, and The Grateful Dead did the National Anthem. The three Hall of Famers at the time – Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Gaylord Perry – threw out the first pitch, along with Orlando Cepeda,” Davis recalls. “And then I got to say, ‘And the man who rightfully belongs in the Hall of Fame, Orlando Cepeda!’”
Cepeda was, of course, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, and Davis has a place in Cooperstown, too: A photograph of her in the announcer’s booth, along with the scorecard from her first game, are on display in the Museum’s Diamond Dreams exhibit. Papers from her seven-year tenure with the Giants are also archived at the Hall of Fame.
“It’s very, very humbling,” Davis said, when asked about seeing herself in the Museum’s exhibit on women in baseball. “I do get emotional about this. I’m very, very honored by it.”
Isabelle Minasian was the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum