Trailblazing: MLB Hires First Woman as Full-Time Play-By-Play Announcer

Jenny Cavnar named the first female play-by-play broadcaster for MLB. Cavnar will be the primary play-by-play announcer for the Oakland Athletics. President of NBC Sports California and NBC Sports Bay Area, Matt Murphy, praised Cavnar’s talent, excitement for the new position alongside exciting additions and highlights from the past. “Cavnar’s historic appointment is a significant milestone,” commented Murphy. The sportscaster expressed her appreciation to NBC Sports California for the opportunity and looked forward to sharing the broadcast experience with the fans. Female representation in sports media has been growing, with Cavnar’s achievement signaling a new frontier. The only other female play-by-play announcer in big four professional sports at the moment is Beth Mowins, calling games for ESPN.