Reporter LaVelle Neal III has become the first African American to be named President of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
The BBAWAA is a 108-year old organization. 48-year-old Neal currently serves as sports reporter of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Neal, who was serving as vice president, was elected into the head position at the BBWAA’s World Series meeting last week. He succeeds Susan Slusser, the first woman to head the organization.
Neal has covered Minnesota Twins baseball for the Tribune since 1998. Prior to that, he covered Kansas City. The Chicago native and graduate of University of Illinois can be heard occasionally on the air as a sports contributor. As president, LaVelle Neal III will serve a one-year term.