Ann Meyers Drysdale

Ann Meyers Drysdale is a modest pioneer when it comes to women who made a lasting impact in the world of sports. But it is simply a fact that the popularity of women’s professional basketball today can be traced directly to Ann.  One of 11 children, Ann was born March 26, 1955 to Patricia and Bob Meyers, both superb athletes who modeled achievement in sports for all of their children.  Competition was a way of life in the Meyers household, and in fact Ann says that her older sister Patty was probably the best all-around athlete among the 11 siblings. 

Ann never thought it was a big deal that she wanted to compete at the highest levels of sport, yet had to fight for the right to compete at almost every stage of her athletic career.  She became the first woman in the history of college athletics to receive a full four-year scholarship when she attended UCLA from 1974 to 1978, following in the footsteps of her All-American brother David, who played for the legendary Coach John Wooden. Ann was not only a 4 time All-American at UCLA, but was a Pan American Gold Medalist in 1975 and a Silver Medalist for the United States at the 1976 Olympic Games, the first games featuring women’s basketball.

After a professional career in the short-lived WPBL (and after being drafted by the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, being the first and only woman ever to sign a no-cut professional contract in the all-male NBA), Ann became a widely respected sports broadcaster and a three time champion in the popular Superstars competition, where she met her future husband, the late, great baseball Hall of Famer Don Drysdale. 

Today, Ann Meyers Drysdale is Vice President of the WNBA Phoenix Mercury and a color analyst for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA.  Mother to three successful young adults, Ann’s autobiography “You Let Some Girl Beat You” is available at her web site:  We are confident you will be inspired by the legendary all-around athlete and Hall of Famer Ann Meyers Drysdale.