#Shortstops: Melissa Ludtke broke barriers as a female reporter
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Hall of Fame presents a series of stories about legendary and pioneering women in baseball.
For the final games of the 1977 regular season, the New York Yankees granted Melissa Ludtke, an accredited sports reporter for Sports Illustrated, permission to enter its clubhouse to interview players. Such access was important because the locker room is where interviews with players traditionally take place; it's also where reporters are able, before and after games, to observe the players’ interactions, talk at length with individuals, and absorb the tenor of the team. And, until this time, access to the clubhouse had been limited to male reporters.
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