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Music – 1986 – Suzyn Waldman – Star Spangled Banner – Sung At 1986 MLB NLCS Angels Vs Red Sox Game 7

Suzyn Waldman (born September 7, 1946) is a sportscaster and former musical theater actress….who since the 2005 season has been the color commentator for New York Yankees baseball….while working with John Sterling on radio broadcasts….first for WCBS-AM and currently for WFAN in New York City.

Prior to her broadcasting career, Waldman worked for many years as an actress and singer in musical theater….with her most notable role being as Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha.  Additionallly, her rendition of “There Used To Be a Ballpark” appeared on historian David Pietrusza’s 1995 WMHT-TV documentary Local Heroes: Baseball on Capital Region Diamonds.  Also, she has performed the National Anthem at many Yankee home games….as well as the 1986 ALCS Championship game 7 at Fenway Park between the Red Sox verses the Angels….as seen in this video herewith.  

Waldman is considered a pioneer in the male-dominated field of sports broadcasting…..wherein she is only the 3rd woman in Major League Baseball history to serve as a full-time color commentator on a regular basis….after Betty Caywood in 1964 and Mary Shane in 1977.  In the mid-1990’s, she was a play-by-play announcer for the Yankees’ local TV broadcasts on WPIX….which made her the 2nd woman to serve in that capacity on TV for a major league team, after Gayle Gardner in 1993.

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