Feb 27, 2021

Remembering Mets History (1960's) The Shea Stadium Usherettes & Hostesses

Back in 1964 when Shea Stadium opened during the midst of the New York's World Fair, it was a grand place. It was a major tourist attraction & one of the biggest most beautiful ball parks in all of baseball.

One of its most interesting & good looking attractions, were the Shea Stadium Usherettes & hostesses. 

An usherette is defined as a female
hostess who greets & escorts a paying customer to their seat at a stadium or concert hall.

Theses Usherettes greeted the fans as they first entered the Stadium & pointed them to their seating sections. 

The girls would constantly have guys coming on to them & were always within ear shot of a police man or security guard if there was any trouble. The only worked street level & field box levels as well.

The girls would also help with general knowledge of the new ballpark, in which they were trained to know the surroundings.

Most of the girls were college students in their late teens or early twenties. Some girls were even married & had children. 
Sydney Anne Zatskin, was a freshman at Hofstra working as an Usherette in 1964. 

She did a fantastic interview on the great website: uniwatch.com earlier in this year (link- A Shea Stadium Usher’s 15 Minutes of Fame | Uni Watch (uni-watch.com)) She said in the interview that the girls didn't go into the stands, because the organization was afraid of rowdy fans. 

She also said that the girls & the players were both told to leave each other alone. More so as to not bother the players in the bullpen.

Sydney got her picture in the paper & was subject to a New York Times article, which led to an appearance on the TV show "What's My Line". (see the link mentioned)

The Shea Stadium Usherettes dressed similar to the airline stewardesses of the mid sixties, in seersucker suits, with knee high skirts, sexy but yet very professional looking. 

Actually, there were a variety of different outfits, the usherettes wore at Shea Stadium. They were designed by Whitestone resident, Elaine Goldsmith of Whitestone Queens, who worked for the New York fashion Company, Saxony Clothes. 

One outfit was a "Mets blue" jacket with orange tie, white shirts & pearl grey shirt. Another was a pinstriped jacket, in "Mets orange & blue" of course, with a bow tie & grey skirt. The uniforms were also accompanied with a hat, either a bowler or derby cap. Both uniforms displayed the new Mets logo on the left breast.


Another had blue & orange dresses, slightly higher above the knees with the derby hats.

The design was also meant to capture a 1900th Century look to contrast the modern age. 

Shea Stadium also had a fancy, Diamond Club Restaurant. The swanky Diamond Club had its own set of ladies, they were called hostesses that greeted & sat its patrons down at their tables. 

These were tough jobs to get. At the
time the team paid the girls 13.25 a game & 15.50 for double headers. They had to arrive an hour before the game & were relieved of their work duties in the middle of the 4th inning, unless it was a twin bill. 

The Mets were way ahead of their times with the restaurant idea & hiring of young the ladies.

In a NY Times article April 16th 1964, one usherette Naomi said; " It's awfully good for the ego, just standing here. I mean people come by & they look at you & they say, 'you look sharp'".

Another pretty young Shea Usherette, Gunnell Bertson, appeared on the show, What's My Line a bit afterward.


Sydney Anne is on starting at 11:29


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