by Lisa Sorg
Cheryl Miller, Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm can thank Mary Gerber who broke, with difficulty, the gender barriers for women sportswriters, and later, sportscasters.
Gerber died Sunday in Winston-Salem at age 92, reports The New York Times.
She covered high school and then the ACC before branching out to a wide variety of sports for Winston-Salem papers. And, as the Times reports, she covered black athletics during the segregationist era in the South.
The Times includes a humorous anecdote about the camaraderie between Gerber and a black sportswriter:
She was working at “one of the games that one of the first black writers came to — he was from the Durham paper — and he and I sat next to each other.”
“And I was feeling pretty sure of myself by that time,” she added. “So when he came in and sat down, I reached over and poked him and I said, ‘Welcome, fellow minority.’ And he laughed.”