Former Oklahoma State pitcher Michele Smith two years ago became the first female analyst to call a Major League Baseball, working in the booth for a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves on TBS.
Smith added another first Tuesday night when she became the first woman to win the Bill Teegins Excellence in Sportscasting Award, presented at the Warren Spahn Award banquet.
“That game two years ago probably was the highlight of my career,” Smith said. “One thing that was special is the respect the players showed me. That was really wonderful. There is a place for women's broadcasters in male sports.”
Smith, who played on two United States gold-medal winning softball teams, has served as one of ESPN's top softball analysts since 1998. She said if games were televised with no play-by-play or color commentary, few would watch, which motivates her to constantly improve.
“Sports broadcasting really is show business,” Smith said. “You're creating a show around an event. The amount of research and dedication a broadcast team puts into a show is just as much an effort as the players on the field.”