Last week Marney Gellner made history, becoming the first woman to call a Minnesota Twins game, serving as their play-by-play voice for three days on both Fox Sports North and WCCO radio. While Gellner is proud of the accomplishment, she hopes it won’t be long before women calling men’s sporting events isn’t considered a historical feat.
“It meant a lot to me professionally, but I didn’t make a bigger deal out of it because I honestly don’t look at myself as a female broadcaster. I just consider myself a broadcaster” Gellner told WCCO News Radio 830 in an interview.
“I understand that this was unique because the Twins have never had a woman call the game. From here on out maybe this will just be normal. There will be a broadcasting change. Sometimes it’ll be a female, sometimes it won’t and it won’t be that big of a deal.”
Trading innings with longtime Twins broadcaster, Dan Gladden, Gellner’s first homerun call didn’t come until her third game, saying “Better call mama,” after C.J. Chron hit one over the fence. Gellner said the feedback she received was overwhelmingly positive.
“I am pretty thin skinned so I tend to be a little more affected by negative comments and take things to heart, probably more than I should. But I was overwhelmed by a lot of the positive reaction and a lot of people who just wanted to take a minute to say I listened and I liked it and you were good or it was a fun game today. A little pat on the back. I really, genuinely, honestly appreciate that.”
Recently, Gellner also became just the second woman to call an NBA game, serving as the Minnesota Timberwolves play-by-play voice for a night in December and February on Fox Sports North. Gellner has been with Fox Sports North for 16 years and the play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Lynx during the last nine seasons.
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