Cameras in sports are meant to show the action rather than be part of it, but every once in a while we see a camera, a cameraman or a monitor being hit by a ball or a player, whether in the studio or during a live game. The latest case came on the ABC Women’s College Oklahoma-Texas World Series airing Saturday, where a foul ball by Texas’ Mary Iakopo hit an ESPN camera in the third base line bleachers. Here is the video of it, Going through ESPN’s Bill Hofheimer:
Our ESPN cameramen are the best in the business…and they never flinch.
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) June 4, 2022
As Hofheimer notes, it’s amazing the camera operator didn’t flinch with that bullet heading straight for them. Hopefully it didn’t cause too much damage to the camera. But it certainly made a remarkable hit.
This is part of the first ever time the Women’s College World Series has aired games on ABC. The five-day, eight-team double-elimination tournament (which began on Thursday) will see all of its matches broadcast on ABC and ESPN platforms this year, with the best of three championship series starting next Wednesday. More information about these shows, their schedule and the various technical innovations that ESPN is rolling out for them, can be found in this version.
[Bill Hofheimer on Twitter]