Meoli: Eve Rosenbaum vowed to be the first girl at Ripken baseball camp, now she’s blazing a trail in the Orioles front office

From Jon Meoli at the Baltimore Sun on February 14, 2020:

Vi Ripken, matriarch of the legendary local baseball family, was behind the backstop of Cal Ripken Sr.’s summer baseball camp on family day in 1996. Eve Rosenbaum, precocious at age 6 and there to see her older brother, also saw an opening, her father, Greg, recalls fondly.

“Mrs. Ripken, I’m going to come to this camp,” Rosenbaum told her, though she was still two years too young.

“Eve, we’ve never had a girl at this camp,” Ripken told her.

“So, I’ll be the first,” said the future Orioles director of baseball development.

That prescient response was an early indication of the assurance, drive and love of the game that have led the Bethesda native to a career in baseball. She’s now one of a small but growing number of high-ranking female executives in an industry where those roles were long limited to men.


By this point, baseball was in her blood. Her father says they’d teach her how to calculate ERA in her head at games. When she was bat mitzvahed, Greg Rosenbaum’s gift to Eve was a membership to the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), whose name was lent to and has stuck with the sweeping analytical and data revolution that has taken over baseball — sabermetrics.

“I don’t know how many SABR members out there started when they were 13 — but Eve did,” he said.

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Originally published: February 18, 2020. Last Updated: February 18, 2020.