Ghiroli: Melanie Newman and Suzie Cool made history on Tuesday as baseball broadcasters

From Britt Ghiroli at The Athletic on April 25, 2019:

It was the kind of night​ that​ baseball was made​ for, a small​ sliver of Mid-Atlantic​ spring​ peeking​​ through before the rash of summer humidity brings sticky jerseys and wet hair clinging to the nape of your neck.

Nestled about 20 miles from D.C., in a dilapidated stadium that houses the Washington Nationals Class-A affiliate and has seen three and a half decades of baseball, history beckons.

Blocks of khaki and white, ribbons of black and pink reflect off the pair standing in the late-afternoon sun. If anyone was wondering how the new Salem Red Sox broadcast team would mesh, they needed only to look at their choice of apparel for this momentous occasion.

They didn’t mean to wear the same outfit. Baseball history begets enough attention, particularly when its subjects are wearing dresses. This night had already been months in the making. The news went viral this spring when it was first announced that Salem — the Boston Red Sox Class-A affiliate — would have the first all-female broadcast team at any level in professional baseball.

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Originally published: April 25, 2019. Last Updated: April 25, 2019.