From AWSM president Amy Moritz:
We want to offer big congratulations to member Claire Smith for earning the Legacy Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
Smith, who is a past recipient of AWSM’s Mary Garber Pioneer Award, has written about sports for over 25 years, and for over 20 years, her beat was Major League Baseball. She made stops at the Philadelphia Bulletin, Hartford Courant, New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer.
In 2007, she joined ESPN as a news editor working with production teams on MLB broadcasts.
A true trailblazer for women in sports media, she helped set the standard for baseball writers and fought for equal access. In the 1984 National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres, Smith was physically removed by players from the Padres clubhouse after Game 1. While the situation was eventually resolved, thanks to Major League Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, it left scars for a number of years.
Bowie Kuhn, a former MLB commissioner who once fought to keep women sports writers out of major league clubhouses, later called Smith “the best baseball writer in America.”
Congratulations again to Claire on receiving this recognition. NABJ couldn’t have picked a better recipient of this year’s Legacy Award.