Ann Meyers Drysdale

Ann Meyers Drysdale

One of  the true  pioneers in  women’s basketball,  Hall of  Famer and  award-winning broadcaster Ann  Meyers  Drysdale is the Vice  President of  both the  Phoenix  Mercury and the  Phoenix  Suns.   The role  follows five  successful seasons as General  Manager for  the Mercury where she constructed  the franchise’s first two  WNBA  championship teams  in 2007 and 2009. As Vice President of the Mercury in 2014, she saw the team win the third WNBA title in franchise history.

Enshrined in  the  Naismith Basketball  Hall of  Fame in  Springfield,  Mass., as a  player in 1993, Meyers Drysdale’s basketball resume enters its fifth decade, which she documented in her autobiography “You Let SomeGirl Beat You?” released in conjunction with the 40thanniversary of Title IX in the summer of 2012.

Meyers  Drysdale’s  storied basketball  life began  when she  became the first-ever high school player  to make  a  United  States  National  Team in  1974 and  later was the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship from UCLA. The UCLA basketball legend was a four-time  Kodak  All-American,  the first  male or  female to  achieve that  honor.  Upon graduation,  she held  12  of  13  school records  and led  the  Bruins to  a  national championship in  1978.  Meyers  Drysdale became  the first  female to  be named  to  the school’s athletics Hall of Fame and had her jersey No. 15 retired. Meyers Drysdale earned a silver medal at the Montreal Games in 1976.

Meyers Drysdale remains the only female to sign a free-agent contract with an NBA team when she signed with the Indiana Pacers in 1979. After being released by the Pacers, she served  as  a  color  commentator  for  the  Pacers  broadcasts  and  was  the  first  woman to broadcast an NBA game. In  1978  she  became  the  first  player  drafted  in  the  Women’s  Professional  Basketball League (WBL) and resumed her playing career with the New Jersey Gems, where she was named MVP after leading the league in steals and averaging 22.2 points.Meyers  Drysdale  has  established  herself  as  an  expert  analyst  on  ESPN,  NBC,  ABC,  FOX Sports,  and  CBS  and  has  done  commentary  for  men’s  and  women’s  basketball,  softball, tennis,  volleyball,  and  baseball  since  1979.  Her  illustrious  broadcasting  resume  includes

In  1978  she  became  the  first  player  drafted  in  the  Women’s  Professional  Basketball League (WBL) and resumed her playing career with the New Jersey Gems, where she was named MVP after leading the league in steals and averaging 22.2 points.

Meyers  Drysdale has  established herself  as an  expert analyst  on  ESPN,  NBC,  ABC,  FOX Sports,  and  CBS  and has done  commentary for  men’s  and women’s  basketball,  softball, tennis,  volleyball,  and baseball  since  1979.  Her illustrious  broadcasting resume  includes 1984, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

In 1986, Annie married former Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Famer pitcher Don Drysdale and took the name Ann Meyers Drysdale. It was the first time that a married couple were each members of their respective sports’ Hall of Fame. The Southern California native and Drysdale, who passed away in 1993, have three children together: sons Don Jr. (D.J.) and Darren, and daughter Drew.

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