In 1975 at the age
of 26, Christine Wren was the longest running female umpire to work in
Minor League Baseball. She was preceded by Bernice Gera who worked as
umpire in one minor league game in 1972 as a symbolic gesture after winning
a court case against baseball. Wren worked doggedly for four years in the
minor leagues, facing blatant sexism from the media and fans in the stands.
During a preseason exhibition: A player in Portland trotted onto the field
and kissed her. "If this were a real game," Wren warned him
sternly, "I'd throw you out. No one is allowed to touch the ump."