Thursday, March 2, 2017

Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber


By Sue Macy
Illustrated by C.F. Payne
Simon & Schuster, 2016. Biography.

Mary Garber was one of the first female sports journalists in the 1940's, at a time when women weren't even allowed to sit in the press box with the other reporters - she had to sit with the coaches' wives! Mary also couldn't go into the locker rooms after the games, which is where most reporters got their interviews. Still, Mary wasn't discouraged. She loved sports and loved writing about them, so she started writing about the athletes she thought deserved more attention, including African American athletes like Jackie Robinson. Mary went to the games and wrote about them.

I cannot say enough how much I love this book! Sue Macy is responsible for many incredible books about fearless women and she does an impressive job of finding figures from history and shining a spotlight on them. This biography has a lot of heart and humor and is a great read for any sports fan.

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