Ms. Bushman died on Sept. 3 in her condominium in Kansas City, Mo. She was 89. Her son Craig said the cause was a stroke.
While women sportscasters became more commonplace from the decades after Ms. Bushman’s brief stint with the A’s, they are still rarities from the baseball booth. In 1977, Mary Shane, a sportswriter, was part of the team calling Chicago White Sox games on radio along with TV, nevertheless she worked only one season.
Suzyn Waldman has had a far more successful experience as a colour commentator for Yankee games, first on local television along with, since 2005, on radio. Jessica Mendoza, an Olympic softball gold medalist, was an analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night baseball games via 2016 to 2019.
Betty Jean Congour was born on March 10, 1931, in Chicago. Her father, Vernon, was a ward boss for Mayor Edward J. Kelly. Her mother, Irene (Wolf) Congour, was an office worker. They divorced from the 1940s, along with she moved with Betty along with her brother, Stanley, to Kansas City, Mo.
She married Frank Caywood, a tournament supervisor for the Professional Golfers Association, in 1950, along with the couple moved to Salina, Kan., two years later. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Marymount College, in Salina, along having a master’s in speech therapy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. After she along with Mr. Caywood divorced in 1957, she moved back to Kansas City, where she began modeling for high-end stores along with hosting a TV program in which showcased houses for sale.