Mary Garber

For most of her amazing career, sportswriter Mary Garber, who died Sept. 21 at 92, navigated uncharted waters. While Mary went quietly about her job, she understood that she was a pioneer for women, for sports and for all of us. She understood the importance of breaking the barriers but was still focused on getting a balanced story.

There were no female sportswriters when I faced Bobby Riggs in 1973. It was a sign of the times that many editors--like Mary's--didn't see the need to assign a female sportswriter. I have always wished that Mary could have been there. Her take...

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