Last night Alyssa Nakken became the first female in baseball history to appear on the field during a major league game as she took over the first base coaching duties for the San Francisco Giants. She took over when Antoan Richardson was ejected from the game in the third inning. Nakken was greeted with a warm handshake at first base by San Francisco base runner Eric Hosmer. The Giants went on to beat the San Diego Padres 13-2.
The historic moment was a long time in the making. Nakken, 31, had a stellar collegiate career winning the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete grant multiple times. She was also on the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll multiple times. She was the Scholar Athlete of the year while attending Sacramento State in 2012.
Hired by the Giants in 2014 as an intern, through determination and hard work she earned her way to a fulltime coaching position in 2014 becoming the first female to reach that position.
Nakken’s historic moment was preceded earlier this month by the first appearance of a female manager in an MLB-affiliated game when Rachel Balkovec took the reins for the New York Yankees’ Single A Tarpons.