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Icons of the Ivy: Margaret Donahue

2 years agoTony Andracki

Margaret Donahue broke barriers with the Cubs over a century ago.

She was hired as a stenographer in 1919 and worked her way up to become the club secretary in 1926. In 1950, she became the vice president and secretary — a position she held until her retirement in 1958.

“[She was] the first woman executive for the team and the first woman who was not a family member to ascend to an executive position in baseball,” team historian Ed Hartig said.

“Donahue was an acknowledged authority on baseball operational rules and regulations and was frequently consulted by both AL and NL league presidents and league managers.”

Her impact transcended baseball and is now a part of Wrigleyville forever. Margaret Donahue Park sits on School St., a few blocks south of Wrigley Field.

Learn more about the other members of the Icons of the Ivy.

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