Episode 129 — Melissa Ludtke: Working for Sports Illustrated, Gaining Equal Access in Baseball, & Finding a Way to Make Things Happen

Melissa Ludtke is a life-long Red Sox fan from Cambridge, Massachusetts and a former baseball reporter/researcher with Sports Illustrated in the 1970s. Her upcoming book: Locker Room Talk: A Woman’s Struggle to Get Inside will be released next summer and details her 1978 US court case vs MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Major League Baseball. The landmark case is responsible for providing equal access to all reporters in baseball, and created ripple effects still felt across the entire sports landscape.

We discuss how Melissa got her start in sports journalism, the lawsuit, and what it was like to cover baseball in the 70s. Melissa also shares her best advice for folks who want to get involved in sports journalism or whatever they are passionate about.

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Substack: melissaludtke.substack.com
Twitter: @MelissaLudtke
Facebook: @MelissaLudtkeMemoir

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