Sarah Palin in 2006 (left) and in 1988
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08/31/2008 at 11:05 AM EDT
Before Sarah Palin was Alaska's first female governor and Sen. John McCain's presidential running mate
, she was once a sports reporter for KTUU, Anchorage's NBC affiliate.
In 1988, the future Republican vice presidential nominee
, known as Sarah Heath before marrying oil company production operator Todd Palin, showed off her play-by-play skills by anchoring a sports report on the Iditarod, college basketball and baseball during the evening news.
Sporting big, fluffy brown hair, the Wasilla, Alaska, native, illustrated her strong, opinionated remarks by advising then-Los Angeles Dodgers baseball manager Tommy Lasorda to learn how to relax.
On Aug. 29, Sen. McCain announced Palin as his choice for vice president – the second woman ever to appear on a major-party presidential ticket.
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