The Undefeated’s conversation with Claire Smith

She blazed a trail as the first female Major League Baseball beat writer

The Undefeated and the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum hosted a Conversation with Claire Smith as part of the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star weekend in Washington, D.C.

Smith, currently an ESPN news editor, is the first female Major League Baseball beat writer and first woman to win the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually during Baseball Hall of Fame festivities in Cooperstown, New York. During the conversation, moderated by The Undefeated’s Clinton Yates, Smith shared her journey from the Hartford Courant in Connecticut to the Hall of Fame. In the video excerpt above, Smith also details how baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson sparked her interest in the sport, as well as how she witnessed a fraternity among the African-American players she covered in the league.