The Burlingame woman has been a ticket vendor at the San Francisco Giants box office since 1958, when the team moved to The City from New York. She landed the job by selling tickets at Seals Stadium, the Giants’ first park, where the minor league San Francisco Seals played prior to the big league club’s arrival. In addition to Seals, she has worked at Candlestick Park, which she still calls the “new” stadium, and AT&T Park.
How much was a Giants ticket in 1958? I believe it was $3.50. They certainly weren’t how they are now.
How much are tickets now? The highest now is $110.
Why have you stayed in the Giants’ box office for so long? One year ran into another. I wasn’t intending to stay this long. There was always something new and exciting every year. I was always into baseball and the box office. Once you start something you never get away from it.
Any favorite memories from the past 50 years? Opening up Seals Stadium when The City was so excited that a major league team was coming. That was a beautiful park. I enjoyed taking walks around the ballpark and talking with the players. Also, in 1960 our box office wasn’t ready yet so we had to work in the shower room of the clubhouse.
Have you ever thought of getting another job or changing to a different position within the organization? I’ve always worked full time for the box office and I’ve always enjoyed it. I love people; I’m a people person.
Who is your favorite Giant from the past 50 years? Oh, Willie Mays, naturally. Everyone loves Willie Mays.
Do you ever think to yourself before the season that this could be your last year? I’ve been saying that for years. I always say this will be my last year. The girls [at the box office] say, “I don’t want to hear it any more.”