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Opie & Anthony: Suzyn Waldman
Opie & Anthony: Suzyn Waldman
Published: 2009/06/11
Channel: Yarsh29
1986 ALCS Gm7: Suzyn Waldman sings national anthem
1986 ALCS Gm7: Suzyn Waldman sings national anthem
Published: 2015/11/12
Channel: MLB
Boomer & Carton Suzyn Waldman 9/21/11
Boomer & Carton Suzyn Waldman 9/21/11
Published: 2012/03/26
Channel: wjk1669
Foul Ball Lands in Yankees Radio Booth with John & Suzyn
Foul Ball Lands in Yankees Radio Booth with John & Suzyn
Published: 2016/07/01
Channel: viteminj
Suzyn Waldman Loves Roger Clemens
Suzyn Waldman Loves Roger Clemens
Published: 2007/08/08
Channel: JSOX8
Suzyn Waldman - Roger Clemens
Suzyn Waldman - Roger Clemens
Published: 2012/06/19
Channel: martinezcarl
Suzyn Waldman loves the new Stadium
Suzyn Waldman loves the new Stadium
Published: 2009/04/17
Channel: YESNetwork
Suzyn Waldman cries during Yankees postgame show
Suzyn Waldman cries during Yankees postgame show
Published: 2007/10/09
Channel: Nathaniel Tell
Suzyn Waldman & John Sterling, Mike and the Mad Dog, 6/18/08
Suzyn Waldman & John Sterling, Mike and the Mad Dog, 6/18/08
Published: 2008/06/19
Channel: YESNetwork
pope gets a kick out of john and suzyn
pope gets a kick out of john and suzyn
Published: 2011/02/04
Channel: shutrack800
WEEI roasts Suzyn Waldman
WEEI roasts Suzyn Waldman
Published: 2007/10/10
Channel: mabrowndog
WHN - WFAN 1050 New York - Format Change - Dan Taylor - Suzyn Waldman - 1987
WHN - WFAN 1050 New York - Format Change - Dan Taylor - Suzyn Waldman - 1987
Published: 2013/11/07
Channel: Ellis Feaster
Suzyn Waldman Crying
Suzyn Waldman Crying
Published: 2007/10/10
Channel: abeveridge89
Boomer and Carton
Boomer and Carton's Suzyn Waldman Alarm Clock
Published: 2011/11/01
Channel: NYIslander12
Boomer & Carton In The Morning - 4/17/09 - Craig causes hilarity making fun of Suzyn Waldman
Boomer & Carton In The Morning - 4/17/09 - Craig causes hilarity making fun of Suzyn Waldman
Published: 2009/04/20
Channel: Louis Valentino
TOR@NYY: Waldman given a birthday cake in the booth
TOR@NYY: Waldman given a birthday cake in the booth
Published: 2016/09/08
Channel: MLB
Jesse Barfield Rescues Suzyn Waldman
Jesse Barfield Rescues Suzyn Waldman
Published: 2014/06/19
Channel: hitdoctor29
Opie and Anthony - Suzyn Waldman losing her mind over Roger Clemens (w/ Bill Burr)
Opie and Anthony - Suzyn Waldman losing her mind over Roger Clemens (w/ Bill Burr)
Published: 2014/11/18
Channel: kevyn999
Felger and Mazz: Jones & Keefe Impersonate Sterling and Waldman (April 24, 2014)
Felger and Mazz: Jones & Keefe Impersonate Sterling and Waldman (April 24, 2014)
Published: 2016/01/08
Channel: caitlinjane92
Yankee Analysts John Sterling Suzyn Waldman Impersonation
Yankee Analysts John Sterling Suzyn Waldman Impersonation
Published: 2009/05/17
Channel: Felix Yung
NYY@MIN: Booth recognizes Waldman
NYY@MIN: Booth recognizes Waldman's patriotic attire
Published: 2014/07/04
Channel: MLB
Boomer & Carton - Carton claims Suzyn Waldman didn
Boomer & Carton - Carton claims Suzyn Waldman didn't know him 2/25/14
Published: 2014/02/26
Channel: Aaron Lafond
Suzyn Waldman - JCTV: Episode 46
Suzyn Waldman - JCTV: Episode 46
Published: 2016/06/14
Channel: YESNetwork
Jay Mohr on Boomer & Carton (Greatest 10 Minutes O
Jay Mohr on Boomer & Carton (Greatest 10 Minutes O
Published: 2011/05/15
Channel: Eric VanSomeren Sr.
Tickle-Me Suzyn Waldman Doll
Tickle-Me Suzyn Waldman Doll
Published: 2013/07/10
Channel: James C.
Opie & Anthony: Suzyn Waldman Cries
Opie & Anthony: Suzyn Waldman Cries
Published: 2009/11/06
Channel: Yarsh29
WFAN Mike Francesa Sour Shoes strikes again calling in as Suzyn Waldman from Yankees Spring Training
WFAN Mike Francesa Sour Shoes strikes again calling in as Suzyn Waldman from Yankees Spring Training
Published: 2017/03/08
Channel: Nick Ramos
Felger and Mazz - John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman Reenactment -  May 8, 2015
Felger and Mazz - John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman Reenactment - May 8, 2015
Published: 2015/05/08
Channel: thiefswiller
Jones/Keefe Impersonate Sterling/Waldman
Jones/Keefe Impersonate Sterling/Waldman's Jeter Call
Published: 2014/10/04
Channel: Gabriel Hammond
Mike Francesa - Jeff Smulyan on Suzyn Waldman
Mike Francesa - Jeff Smulyan on Suzyn Waldman
Published: 2017/06/05
Channel: samspinchat
Boomer and Carton-4/14/10-Suzyn Waldman
Boomer and Carton-4/14/10-Suzyn Waldman
Published: 2010/05/16
Channel: yankeess601
Suzyn Waldman stupid  question, and Jamal against the wall. Haha!!
Suzyn Waldman stupid question, and Jamal against the wall. Haha!!
Published: 2015/08/25
Channel: Todd Storinge
BobsBlitz.com ~ Boomer & Carton discuss Meredith Marakovits
BobsBlitz.com ~ Boomer & Carton discuss Meredith Marakovits' birthday balloons
Published: 2015/07/23
Channel: TheSportsYahoo
8/10/16 - Suzyn Waldman interviews Alex Rodriguez
8/10/16 - Suzyn Waldman interviews Alex Rodriguez
Published: 2016/08/11
Channel: RNs Funhouse
John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman Try To Pronounce Niskayuna
John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman Try To Pronounce Niskayuna
Published: 2016/07/18
Channel: 104.5 The Team
Boomer & Carton - Meredith Marakovitz Birthday Balloons
Boomer & Carton - Meredith Marakovitz Birthday Balloons
Published: 2015/07/23
Channel: Mattydagg
WFAN Joe & Evan Suzyn Waldman spewing fake news about Clint Frazier wearing #7 for Yankees 4/5/17
WFAN Joe & Evan Suzyn Waldman spewing fake news about Clint Frazier wearing #7 for Yankees 4/5/17
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: Nick Ramos
Interview - Suzyn Waldman - At The Last Game
Interview - Suzyn Waldman - At The Last Game
Published: 2009/03/13
Channel: Steiner Sports
Boomer&Carton React To Brett Gardner Catch 9-7-2016
Boomer&Carton React To Brett Gardner Catch 9-7-2016
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: Andys Randomness
WFAN - Suzyn Waldman says Clint Frazier wanted Mantle
WFAN - Suzyn Waldman says Clint Frazier wanted Mantle's number
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: samspinchat
Opie & Anthony: Chip Waldman
Opie & Anthony: Chip Waldman
Published: 2012/06/12
Channel: Yarsh29
Boomer and Carton - John Sterling/Suzyn Waldman porn montage
Boomer and Carton - John Sterling/Suzyn Waldman porn montage
Published: 2011/07/01
Channel: MattyVfromCT
Jay Mohr rips baseball broadcasters
Jay Mohr rips baseball broadcasters
Published: 2011/04/11
Channel: Justin Murphy
Chip Waldman
Chip Waldman
Published: 2012/06/11
Channel: TheMonsterRain
Suzyn Waldman with Zach Gelb
Suzyn Waldman with Zach Gelb
Published: 2017/08/01
Channel: Zach Gelb
The Suzyn Song
The Suzyn Song
Published: 2011/03/14
Channel: weiny20
Best of John Sterling Bloopers
Best of John Sterling Bloopers
Published: 2012/09/16
Channel: viteminj
Let me see that body!
Let me see that body!
Published: 2011/03/07
Channel: JumpedTheSnark
Fabulous Sports Babe Preview with Suzyn Waldman #1
Fabulous Sports Babe Preview with Suzyn Waldman #1
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: Radio Influence
Suzyn Waldman interviews Cliff Lee
Suzyn Waldman interviews Cliff Lee
Published: 2010/10/18
Channel: SheFanVideos
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Suzyn Waldman
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Suzyn Waldman
Birth name Suzyn Waldman
Born (1946-09-07) September 7, 1946 (age 71)
Newton, Massachusetts
Show New York Yankees baseball
Station(s) WFAN
Previous show(s) YES Network
WCBS (FM)

Suzyn Waldman (born September 7, 1946) is a sportscaster and former musical theater actress.[1] Since the 2005 season, she has been the color commentator for New York Yankees baseball, working with John Sterling on radio broadcasts, first for WCBS-AM and currently for WFAN in New York City.

Early life and career[edit]

Waldman was born in Newton, Massachusetts, and she graduated from Simmons College with a degree in Economics. Prior to her broadcasting career, Waldman worked for many years as an actress and singer in musical theatre. Her most notable role was as Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha.[2] Her rendition of "There Used To Be a Ballpark" appeared on the 1995 WMHT-TV documentary Local Heroes: Jason Ziemann and 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.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Waldman is noted for her early achievements in the male-dominated field of sports broadcasting. She is the third woman in Major League Baseball history to serve as a full-time color commentator on a regular basis. (Betty Caywood of the Kansas City Athletics served as a color commentator for a few games late in the 1964 season, and Mary Shane served as a play-by-play announcer for the Chicago White Sox in 1977.) In the mid-1990s, she was a play-by-play announcer for the Yankees' local TV broadcasts on WPIX, which made her the second woman to serve in that capacity on TV for a major league team. (Gayle Gardner was the first to do so in 1993 for the Colorado Rockies.)

She has worked in sports reporting for more than 20 years, as a former broadcaster for the YES Network as the reporter on the New York Yankees Pre-Game Show and the New York Yankees Post-Game Show and New York sports radio station WFAN. Her voice—on a live sports update—was the first heard on WFAN when it premiered on 1050 AM at 3:00 PM on July 1, 1987 (it moved to 660 AM a year later). At WFAN, she covered both the Yankees and the New York Knicks basketball teams and co-hosted the daily mid-day sports talk show.[3]

Following the 2013 season, the Yankees moved their radio rights to WFAN, and announced that Waldman and John Sterling would return for their tenth year together in the booth.[4] She signed a two-year contract extension in February 2016 that runs through the 2017 season.

George Bell/Jesse Barfield controversy[edit]

At the start of the 1987 baseball season, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Bell wasn’t talking to the New York media, thinking they had cost him the Most Valuable Player award the year earlier. He broke his silence after a win at Yankee Stadium, and expectedly the regular beat writers hurriedly gathered around his locker. New on the beat (women had just recently been allowed access to the locker room), Waldman joined the group; Bell immediately started screaming at her in Spanish and English.

"There was a deathly silence. I think the other writers were shocked, but I also think they still resented me more than a bit, and they certainly didn't want to lose this interview," she recalled on a radio show. "At the time I was a little less tough than I am now. Tears welled up in my eyes and I said I better get out of there."

As she hastily gathered her tape recorder and notebook, she heard Bell's fellow outfielder, Jesse Barfield, ask a fellow writer, "What's her name?" When told, he then called out to her: "Suzyn, I went three for four today. Don’t you want to ask me any questions?"[5]

Waldman and Barfield, now a baseball announcer himself, became fast friends and have remained very close since.[6]

Yogi Berra/George Steinbrenner feud[edit]

In 1985, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner sent GM Clyde King to fire manager Yogi Berra, which greatly angered Berra because in his previous firings, the team owner had personally delivered the news. Yogi vowed not to visit Yankee Stadium and not to participate in any Yankee function as long as George Steinbrenner was still the owner of the Yankees. In 1999, Suzyn Waldman helped arrange a meeting between the two men that brought an end to the 14-year feud. Yogi returned on Opening Day of the 1999 season, a day also designated as "Joe DiMaggio Day."[7][8]

Criticism[edit]

In an online poll by Newsday, Waldman was voted the worst commentator in New York by the fans.[9][10] New York Daily News columnist Bob Raissman has given Waldman the derisive nickname "Georgie Girl", an allusion to her close relationship with Steinbrenner (and a play on the title of the 1960s hit song "Georgy Girl").[11]

WFAN-AM host Mike Francesa along with former co-host Chris "Mad Dog" Russo poked fun at her over-the-top reaction to the Roger Clemens signing in which she exclaimed "Roger Clemens is in George's box, and Roger Clemens is coming back. Oh, my good goodness gracious! Of all the dramatic things I've ever seen. Roger Clemens standing right in George Steinbrenner's box announcing he is back. Roger Clemens is a New York Yankee."[12] Suzyn eventually confronted the duo in a long expletive-laced tirade, in which she expressed her obvious embarrassment of the situation. After the conversation, Mike and Chris vowed never to play the clip again, only to play it repeatedly later on in the evening.[13] The clip is also played to mocking effect on Boston sports radio WEEI[14][15][16] and for comedy on Boomer and Carton in the Morning,[citation needed] The Opie & Anthony Show,[17] The Howard Stern Show,[citation needed] The Jim Rome Show,[citation needed] and ESPN Radio's The Herd with Colin Cowherd and The Dan Le Batard Show.[citation needed]

Waldman was roundly criticized for her breakdown on the air following the Yankees' 2007 Divisional Series loss to Cleveland.[18] She openly cried on the air for WCBS 880 AM while reporting about the morose atmosphere in the Yankees clubhouse on the post-game show. Waldman made reference to the sight of fellow coaches in deep emotion, and their collective realization that Joe Torre's tenure as manager was likely at an end as reasons for her tears.[19] In response to the incident, Waldman stated:[20]

Breast cancer[edit]

In 1996, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.[21] She eventually sued Mount Sinai Hospital and two of its pathologists for misdiagnosing her as being cancer-free, winning over $2 million in damages from the case.[22] While her chemotherapy regimen limited (and eventually ended) her day-to-day role of broadcasting Yankees games on TV, she continued in her role at WFAN throughout her illness (now long in remission).[23]

Personal[edit]

Suzyn Waldman is currently a resident of Croton-on-Hudson, New York in Westchester County.[24][25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Curt Schleier (April 1, 2005). "A Voice For The Ages". The Jewish Week. Retrieved June 29, 2007. 
  2. ^ Joanne Korth (April 17, 2005). "Broadcaster in a league of her own in Yankees radio booth". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved June 29, 2007. 
  3. ^ McCarron, Anthony (August 10, 2014). "'94 The Season That Wasn't". New York Daily News. p. 71. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman to call Yankees games on WFAN". Newsday. February 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ Curt Schleier, "A Voice for the Ages", from Jewish Week, April 1, 2005
  6. ^ Suzyn Waldman, Reunion Weekend at WFAN.com, July 1, 2007
  7. ^ Harvey Araton (January 6, 1999). "Sports of The Times; Yogi and the Boss Complete Makeup Game". NY Times. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ Chuck Slater (February 13, 2000). "Baseball Announcer Who Broke Barriers". NY Times. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  9. ^ Neil Best (June 24, 2007). "Vote: Favorite radio/TV personalities?". New York Newsday. Retrieved June 26, 2007. 
  10. ^ Neil Best (June 24, 2007). "Announcing what the fans think". New York Newsday. Retrieved June 26, 2007. 
  11. ^ Bob Raissman (July 16, 2010). "Yankees radio announcer Suzyn Waldman cultivated unique relationship with owner George Steinbrenner". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Roger Clemens is BACK!". WCBS. May 7, 2007. Retrieved June 22, 2007. 
  13. ^ Neil Best (May 22, 2007). "NBC's ill-timed lineup shift". New York Newsday. Retrieved June 22, 2007. 
  14. ^ "WEEI – Dennis and Callahan – Jerry Remy". WEEI. May 9, 2007. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2007. 
  15. ^ "WEEI – Pete's Bits – Tickle Me Suzyn Waldman Doll". WEEI. May 8, 2007. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2007. 
  16. ^ "WEEI – Pete's Bits – Suzyn Waldman Gushes over Roger". WEEI. May 7, 2007. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2007. 
  17. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sfeI0pCRvw
  18. ^ John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman (August 9, 2007). "Postgame Clubhouse Report". WCBS Newsradio 88. Retrieved August 10, 2007. 
  19. ^ Richard Sandomir (October 9, 2007). "Yes, There Is Crying in Baseball (and It's OK)". New York Times. Retrieved October 9, 2007. 
  20. ^ Neil Best (October 11, 2007). "Suzyn Waldman defends her on-air sobs". Newsday. Retrieved October 19, 2007. 
  21. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE: BASEBALL;Waldman Sues Hospital". New York Times. Associated Press. May 22, 1996. Retrieved June 29, 2007. 
  22. ^ "Waldman Sues Hospital". New York Times. Associated Press. May 22, 1996. 
  23. ^ Tarr, Peter (July 2000). "Never Give Up! The Courageous Story of Suzyn Waldman". InTouch. Retrieved June 30, 2007. 
  24. ^ http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/March-2011/March-FotoFiles/index.php?cparticle=2&siarticle=1
  25. ^ http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/contributions/suzyn-waldman.asp?cycle=08

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