Sporting LifeMary Garber is the kind of awesome figure every actress in Hollywood should be dying to play. One of the first female sportswriters, the diminutive Garber, who just died at 92, started out during World War II, filling in for male sportswriters at a time when women were not even allowed in the press box at most stadiums. She stuck it out, moving from high school to college to pro coverage, becoming one of the first sportswriters to cover athletics at black schools in the segregated South and, after 60 years on the job, the first woman to receive the prestigious Associated Press Sports Editors' Red Smith Award. Now in turn the Association for Women in Sports Media presents an annual Mary Garber Pioneer Award for outstanding female role models in sportswriting. [NYT, Obit]