Beth Mowins Is About to Make Broadcasting History Yet Again

Across her years at ESPN and CBS Sports, Beth Mowins has been something of a trailblazer.

Mowins, 53, has spent recent years shattering the glass ceiling impacting women in sports media. The Syracuse graduate is about to make history yet again, this time with the Chicago Cubs.

Beth Mowins is one of the Cubs’ new announcers

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Beth Mowins is arguably the Chicago Cubs‘ biggest acquisition this offseason.

Earlier this week, the Marquee Sports Network — which launched last year and is exclusively devoted to the Cubs — announced that Mowins would work select games in 2021. Marquee also named Cubs radio announcer Pat Hughes and longtime Fox announcer Chris Myers as other backup broadcasters. 

They will work games when Jon “Boog” Sciambi, the usual No. 1 voice, has other commitments. Sciambi does college basketball games for ESPN and will remain the network’s radio play-by-play voice for Sunday Night Baseball.

Mowins will be the first female play-by-play announcer to call games for the Chicago Cubs.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to work with such a beloved and historic franchise as the Chicago Cubs,” Mowins said in a press release.

Marquee is expected to air at least 149 of the Cubs’ 162 games this coming season. Any other games will be limited to national television.

Mowins is among the few female MLB play-by-play voices

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Beth Mowins will join a rare club when she calls her first Chicago Cubs game on television.

Through the end of the 2020 season, women doing play-by-play on television was a rare sight in baseball. Melanie Newman, typically a sideline reporter for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, became the fourth last year when she worked a Baltimore Orioles game.

Gayle Gardner established the club in 1993 when she called a Rockies-Reds game. Jenny Cavnar did play-by-play for a Padres-Rockies game in 2018.

Yankees radio announcer Suzyn Waldman did play-by-play for local TV games in the 1990s. Waldman has been a full-time radio color commentator since she joined John Sterling in 2005.

Former softball star Jessica Mendoza did color commentary on Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts from 2015-19. Although Mendoza is still with ESPN, she did not return for SNB in 2020.

Beth Mowins has had a historic broadcasting career

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Beth Mowins joined ESPN in 1994 and has been with the Worldwide Leader since then.

Mowins has made plenty of history along the way. ESPN named Mowins the play-by-play announcer for a Monday Night Football broadcast between the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos in Week 1 of the 2017 season.

Mowins became the first woman to call a nationally-televised NFL game that night. Later that season, she became the first female play-by-play announcer to call an NFL game on CBS.

Mowins has remained a part-time NFL announcer for CBS, and she called numerous games during the pandemic-affected 2020 season.

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