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|collection||Bernice Gera Collection|
|Abstract:||Bernice Gera was born June 15, 1931 in Ernest, PA. Gera went on to become the first women ever to umpire a professional baseball game. The is primarily a collection of newspaper articles.|
Bernice Gera was born June 15, 1931 in Ernest, PA. Gera went on to become the first women ever to umpire a professional baseball game. Graduated from Florida Baseball Umpire School, West Palm Beach, Florida, in 1967, some of the more memorable games Gera umpired included the National Baseball Congress Tournament in Wichita, KS and the Semi-Pro Invitational Tournament in Brigeton, NJ. On June 24, 1972, Gera officiated the first game of a double header in the New York-Pa Professional Baseball Class A League, thereby becoming the first female professional umpire. Because of her poor treatment by the players and the fans, Gera resigned between games, ending her career as an umpire. From 1974 to 1979 she worked in Community Relations and Promotions for the New York Mets, before she retired to Florida where she passed away during the summer of 1992.
The is primarily a collection of newspaper articles chronicling her life from childhood to major leagues, and culminating with her induction into Indiana County's Hall of Fame. Also included are a tape made by Gera about her life and one of her baseball cards.
This collection is open for research.
Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or publish, please contact the coordinator of the University Archives and Special Collections.
|These records are indexed under the following terms in the Indiana Univeristy of Pennsylvania Library catalog. Researchers wishing to find related materials may wish to search under these terms.|
|Baseball -- Umpires.|
Bernice Gera Collection,1961-1991, MG# 65, Special Collections and University Archives, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
This collection was processed by Special Collections Staff. Papers rearranged and inventory rewritten by Special Collections Staff in Spring 2001.
Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Special Collections Staff on Spring 2001
|1||1||Tape Recording of Bernice Gera's Life Story|
|2||Baseball Card : Induction to Indiana Co. Hall of Fame|
|3||Newspaper Articles September 14, 1961- November 3, 1966|
|4||Newspaper Articles March 12, 1967- June 13, 1967|
|5||Newspaper Articles June 13, 1967- September 3, 1967|
|6||Newspaper Articles September 6, 1967- May 1, 1968|
|7||Newspaper Articles May 1, 1969- October 15, 1969|
|8||Newspaper Articles October 1, 1969- October 15, 1969|
|9||Newspaper Articles August 17, 1969- January 13, 1970|
|10||Newspaper Articles February 19, 1970- April 11, 1970|
|11||Newspaper Articles February 12, 1971- April 29, 1971|
|12||Newspaper Articles April 25, 1971- September 9, 1971|
|13||Newspaper Articles January 8, 1972- January 28, 1972|
|14||Newspaper Articles April 13, 1972- June 21, 1972|
|15||Newspaper Articles June 25, 1972- June 29, 1972|
|16||Newspaper Articles September 7, 1972- August 29, 1976|
|17||Newspaper Articles January 6, 1977-December 28, 1981|
|18||Newspaper Articles January 16, 1982- May 23, 1988|
|19||Newspaper Articles August 8, 1988- June 15, 1991|
|20||Newspaper Articles Master Copy part 1|
|21||Newspaper Articles Master Copy part 2|