Susan Slusser makes BBWAA history

DETROIT -- Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has become the first woman to head the Baseball Writers' Association of America in the organization's century-plus history.

Slusser was elected Saturday at the BBWAA's World Series meeting. LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune was elected vice president, putting him in line to become the group's first black head next year.

The 46-year-old Slusser has worked for the Chronicle since 1996 and has covered the Oakland Athletics since 1999. She wrote about the Texas Rangers for The Dallas Morning News in 1995-96. Slusser succeeded Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

Gaku Tashiro of Sankei Sports became the first Japanese member of the BBWAA board. Also on the board are Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune, David Lennon of Newsday and Shaikin.

The BBWAA was founded in 1908.