BERNICE GERA / by Molly Schiot

Bernice Gera became the first female umpire of a baseball game in 1972, but later resigned, reportedly because other umpires refused to work with her. Though she stopped umpiring, Gera stayed in the game. She went to work for the New York Mets, serving in various community relations and promotions roles for the team for several years, before retiring and relocating to Florida.Bernice Shiner Gera died of kidney cancer in Pembroke Pines, Florida  at the age of 61.

Bernice Gera became the first female umpire of a baseball game in 1972, but later resigned, reportedly because other umpires refused to work with her. Though she stopped umpiring, Gera stayed in the game. She went to work for the New York Mets, serving in various community relations and promotions roles for the team for several years, before retiring and relocating to Florida.Bernice Shiner Gera died of kidney cancer in Pembroke Pines, Florida  at the age of 61.