This week we continue our celebration of Women's History Month with a salute to Claire Smith, the first female winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism created The Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award to be presented annually in conjunction with the Shirley Povich Symposium to a sports journalist or broadcaster who has made significant contributions to racial and gender equality in sports.
Claire Smith was named the first winner of the Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award Other winners - William C. Rhoden and James Brown - http://www.espnfrontrow.com/2013/10/claire-smith-named-first-winner-of-the-sam-lacy-wendell-smith-award/
In 2017, the J.G. Taylor Spink Award which had previously been awarded to Wendell Smith and Sam Lacy was awarded to Claire Smith - https://baseballhall.org/discover/claire-smith-reflects-on-winning-spink-award
Celebrate baseball’s pioneers by wearing the colors of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League - https://www.teambrownapparel.com/collection-aagpbl-shop