Gwen Wong was a left-handed pitcher for the Parichy Bloomer Girls baseball team in the summer of 1947. The stadium, located at the northwest corner of Harlem and Harrison, was part of the All-American Girls Baseball League and also featured a great restaurant and Emery Parichy’s museum of baseball memorabilia. 

Wong, a second-generation Chinese American, was a fierce pitcher. In her only season, she faced 282 batters in 22 games. She pitched six no-hit games, 10 one-hit games and six two-hit games. League records give her 14 wins. After winning the National Girls League Championship with the Bloomer Girls, she retired her glove and went on to University of California Berkeley where she followed her true calling — to become a minister in the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Jill Wagner