Ann Meyers Drysdale: Breaking barriers

Ann Meyers Drysdale lets Robin Roberts know what she's working on.

1. Ann Meyers Drysdale was born in San Diego on March 26, 1955.

2. Her father, Bob Meyers, was a guard at Marquette University and went on to play professionally in Milwaukee.

3. Meyers Drysdale sixth of 11 childeren. One of her brothers was an All-American at UCLA and played under John Wooden.

4. In high school, she led the all-boys basketball team to an 80-5 record.

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Ann Meyers signed a free agent contract with the Indiana Pacers.

5. Meyers Drysdale was the first high school player ever to play for the U.S. national team.

6. The 5-foot-9 guard was the first woman to win a four-year athletic scholarship to UCLA. She was a four-time All American.

7. In 1978, Meyers Drysdale recorded the first quadruple-double in Division I basketball history (20 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals).

8. Meyers Drysdale has an Olympic silver medal from the 1976 Games in Montreal.

9. In 1979, she became only woman to sign a free-agent contract with an NBA team—the Indiana Pacers. However, she was cut from the final squad.

10. Meyers Drysdale signed on as a commentator for the Pacers, becoming one of the first female sportscasters.

11. In 1986, she married former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale, who suffered a fatal heart attack in 1993. Together they had three children.

12. The Drysdale's were the first couple to both have spots in their respective Halls of Fame.

13. She is currently vice president of the Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Suns.

14. Her book: "You Let a Girl Beat You?: The Story of Ann Meyers Drysdale" was released in May.

15. On the back cover, former Boston Celtic Bill Russell says, "Annie was one of the best players ever. I didn't say male or female; I said ever."

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