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CBS Sports’ award-winning reporter Lesley Visser admits to a lifelong passion for Boston’s Fenway Park. Visser first visited the park at the age of 8, when she and her brother, raised to be independent, took a bus from Quincy to sit in the bleachers. The pair spent part of the return fare on Fenway franks and ha… Read More
CBS Sports’ award-winning reporter Lesley Visser admits to a lifelong passion for Boston’s Fenway Park. Visser first visited the park at the age of 8, when she and her brother, raised to be independent, took a bus from Quincy to sit in the bleachers. The pair spent part of the return fare on Fenway franks and had to walk part of the way home. The following year, her brother received baseball tickets as a birthday present, and they sat near the dugout. The family moved from Boston the next year, but Lesley Visser returned to Fenway, first as a teenager writing on high-school football for The Boston Globe and then as a sportscaster for The Globe and, later, for CBS Sports.

Lesley Visser remembers the date, October 21, 1975, when she sat in Fenway Park’s press box, a mostly male domain, for the sixth game of the World Series. The Cincinnati Reds led the Red Sox 3-2 in games and held a commanding lead. Visser watched sportswriter Ray Fitzgerald begin to type his eulogy to the season. Then Bernie Carbo hit a home run, tying the game, which Boston went on to win.

Since her early days as a visitor to Fenway, Lesley Visser has become the most acclaimed female sportscaster in history. She has earned major recognition from such organizations as the Association for Women in Sports Media, the American Sportscasters Association, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In addition to covering Major League Baseball, Visser has reported on dozens of sports, including college and professional football and basketball, tennis, horse racing, and figure skating, for The Globe, CBS Sports, ABC Sports, ESPN, and HBO Sports. She also has covered the Olympics, and in 2004, she was the first woman in her profession ever to carry the Olympic Torch. Read Less
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    CBS Sports — New York, NY, USA
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