Claire Smith Is First Black Woman In The Baseball Hall Of Fame

Today, Claire Smith will make history. She was the first female Major League Baseball beat writer. Now, she is the first woman — and fourth Black writer — voted into the writer's wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame as the first female recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing."

Smith began covering the New York Yankees for the Hartford Courant in 1983. She went on to work for the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and is...

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