Monday, September 22, 2008

Delaney: Thank you, Mary

Where would I be without Mary Garber?
Maybe I'd be rich. Maybe I'd be famous. Maybe I'd be unknown and a candidate for Vice President of the United States. But I wouldn't have a chance to be what I am now: a woman covering sports.
Mary Garber died on Sunday in North Carolina. She was 92 and covered sports at a time when women were banned from press boxes and water fountains were segregated. I'd heard of Garber before I read an obituary on Monday afternoon, but it was long ago and I would've been hard pressed to name her in a quiz.
Garber covered high school sports and colleges, including sports at all-black colleges that were largely ignored. Eventually Garber worked her way up to covering the ACC. If not Garber, some other woman would've come along as a pioneer in sports journalism. I'm grateful to Mary because I'm not qualified to be vice president.


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