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#1637: Sports Studies Professor Discusses MLB’s First Female GM | 51%

On this week’s 51%, a sports studies professor discusses Major League Baseball’s first female general manager, and more.

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In November, a woman who started her Major League Baseball career as an intern became the majors’ highest-ranking woman in baseball operations when she was hired as general manager of the Miami Marlins. According to the Marlins, Kim Ng is believed to be the first female GM in the four major North American professional sports leagues. Dr. Amy Bass, professor of Sports Studies at Manhattanville College in Westchester County, New York, talks about this first.

Dr. Bass is chair of the Division of Social Science & Communication. Her most recent book came out in 2018 — One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together. She’s also an Emmy Award winner for her work with NBC-TV at the London Olympics in 2012.

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