Levita Bayless is the mother of the famous American sports journalist, commentator, and analyst, Skip Bayless. Levita Bayless is known to the world because of her son’s success in the world of sports and television.
Levita Bayless’s Family
Levita Bayless was married to John Sr. and had Skip Bayless in 1952. Skip was born in Oklahoma and raised in Oklahoma City as John Edward Bayless II. John Sr, Skip’s father instantly started referring to him as Skip; he had also nicknamed his mother, Levita “Skip,” as in “captain of the ship.” The nickname stuck right away, and Bayless’s parents never called him John; as a result, he later had his name officially changed to Skip.
Skip’s parents ran the barbecue-focused Hickory House restaurant in Oklahoma City. Despite having worked there as a young man, Bayless never thought of it as a career. Rick Bayless, his younger brother, continued the family legacy by becoming a chef, restaurateur, and television personality. He does have a younger sister too.
Levita Bayless’s Career
Levita was involved in the family business which she ran along with her husband in Oklahoma City. On the other hand, sports grabbed Bayless’s interest from a young age. He had a keen interest in basketball and baseball, which he played quite well. He served as the chapter president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the school and became a part of the “National Honor Society”.
He served as an officer for the lettermen’s club as well. In his sophomore and senior years, Bayless began writing the main sports column for the school paper at the suggestion of one of his English teachers. Bayless attended Oklahoma Boys State before his senior year and represented Northwest Classen there. He majored in history and English while studying at Vanderbilt and received his degree with honours in 1974. He held the position of “rho” for the chapter for two years (sports director) in Phi Kappa Sigma. Additionally, he served as the columnist for his university newspaper, and he interned at The Daily Oklahoman’s sports department during the summer of 1969. Skip went on to work for print journalism, radio, television and movies.
In Rocky Balbo, he a gave a guest appearance along with Woody Paige and Jay Crawford. Bayless was chosen in 2008 to be a part of the Oklahoma City Wall of Fame, which honors exceptional former students of Oklahoma City schools. He was one of the five individuals honored into the Vanderbilt Student Media Hall of Fame in 2009 as part of its inaugural class. In 2012, he was nominated for a Sports Emmy Award and he shared the Webby People’s Voice Award for Video Remixes/Mashups with DJ Steve Porter for Porter’s passionate defence of Tim Tebow in “All He Does Is Win.”