Meet The Woman Who's Changing Baseball

July 28, 2014 3:25 PM

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Growing up in a Northern California family of baseball nuts, Renel Brooks-Moon spent many a weekend cheering at Oakland A's or San Francisco Giants games. But she didn't realize how far fandom would take her until 2000, when she was working as a morning radio show host and local sports correspondent. That's when the Giants tapped Brooks-Moon—and her booming, throaty voice—to be the ballpark's public address announcer. She's the only woman in Major League Baseball holding the coveted position (and the third ever in the sport's history to do it full-time).

Since then, Brooks-Moon, 55, has been living her baseball fantasy. "There are PA announcers who have spent decades in the booth and never experienced a single World Series," says Moon, who already has three under her belt. "It was only my third season when I got that chance. I was an absolute wreck—...

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