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Melanie Newman became a part of history on July 21 when she and four others (Sarah Langs, Alanna Rizzo, Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner) became the first all-female broadcast crew for a Major League Baseball Game.
Newman, the play-by-play announcer that night, will now be a first at ESPN. The network revealed Tuesday she and longtime baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza will call a game on Sept. 29, making the duo the first women to solely broadcast a MLB, NFL or NBA game.
"Honestly, each earmark is just another page," Newman told CNN Business. "I feel fortunate to be the one handed this chance, it's our responsibility until there are no more firsts and its just an even playing field of all-qualified professionals who happen to look different."
Mendoza, a Latina and former New York Mets special adviser, said representation in baseball important.
"For young girls, women and Latinas, to hear a voice that represents them is so impactful for not only the sport to grow its audience, but to continue to broaden the opportunities for more young girls, women and Latinas to do the same," she told CNN Business.
The Sept. 29 contest Newman and Mendoza will call has yet to be announced.
Newman worked her way up through the minor leagues and first called Baltimore Orioles games in 2020, becoming one of five women in that role. Mendoza has been at ESPN since 2007 and was a color commentator on Sunday Night Baseball after her career as a two-time Olympic medalist in softball.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ESPN to air all-female MLB broadcast with Melanie Newman, Jess Mendoza