Pioneering female MLB executive Katy Feeney continued her family's baseball legacy

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Katy Feeney in September 2012. (MLB Photos via AP)
Katy Feeney in September 2012. (MLB Photos via AP)

Over the weekend, the baseball world received some sad and shocking news. Katy Feeney, MLB’s legendary, longtime scheduling guru, died on Saturday at the age of 68.

Feeney had been MLB’s senior vice president for scheduling and club relations, a position she had retired from at the end of 2016. Her retirement brought an end to her 39-year MLB career — she was hired by the National League as a temp worker in the PR office in 1977, and worked her way up to being one of the highest ranking women in baseball. Feeney’s job entailed many diverse responsibilities, but she was most recognizable to fans for running the postseason news conferences with players and managers.

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Feeney had baseball in her blood. Her father was Charles “Chub” Feeney, who was the president of the National League from 1969-1986, and served as an executive for the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres. Her grandfather was Charles Stoneham, who was the controlling owner of the New York Giants (of baseball) from 1919 to 1936. In 1936, ownership of the Giants passed to Feeney’s uncle Horace Stoneham, who owned the team until 1976. Horace’s reign as owner also included the move of the team from New York to San Francisco.

Feeney was a baseball lifer, but there was more to her life than just the game. She loved the theater, and saw the Off-Broadway production of “Hamilton” before it became pop-culture phenomenon. She loved to travel and she had a huge collection of hats.

In many ways, the baseball world is a huge family. And when they heard about the sudden passing of Feeney, one of their own, they responded with kind words and poignant feelings.

Feeney leaves an impressive legacy in the game, but it’s clear that she’ll be remembered for so much more than baseball.

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Liz Roscher is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at or follow her on twitter! Follow @lizroscher

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