Bianca Smith Makes History as the First Black Woman to Coach Professional Baseball
Bianca Smith is a name that will be remembered in baseball history. Smith has been hired by the Boston Red Sox as a minor league coach, making her the first Black woman to coach in the history of professional baseball. This is groundbreaking news. According to the Boston Globe, the 29-year-old coach will work with minor league players at the Red Sox facility in Fort Myers, Florida.
Red Sox vice president of player development, Ben Crockett, told the Boston Globe, “She was a great candidate coming in. She’s had some really interesting experiences and has been passionate about growing her skill set and development herself.”
Since 2019, Smith has been an assistant baseball coach at Carroll University in Washington. She has interned at the baseball operations departments for the Texas Rangers and the Cincinnati Reds. In addition, she also played softball at Dartmouth College in 2010 to 2012 before becoming the director of baseball operations at Case Western Reserve from 2013 to 2017 and served as an assistant coach at the University of Dallas in 2018.
This is a huge moment for Smith, and she has received nothing but continuous support for her achievement. Robert Lewis Jr., the founder of The Base, a Boston-based program that provides inner-city youths with athletic and educational opportunities, spoke about Smith’s hiring as being a milestone.
“I think it’s huge,” Lewis told the Boston Globe. “I’m not going to lie to you, a Black woman, I mean, there’s all this symbolism that goes along with it. We all know, the Red Sox being the last team to sign an African-American. The one great thing that I loved about it was, you know, having looked at her credentials, this isn’t just somebody that has experience at the college level, she’s going in competent and qualified.”
This momentous occurrence will continue to be celebrated in Black history. Smith is a pioneer who is breaking barriers and she will forever be remembered as the first Black woman to coach in the Major Leagues, but hopefully not the last.