When I worked with the New York Rangers’ publicity department in 1954-55, women were not allowed in the press box at Madison Square Garden. It said so on every press ticket given to reporters: “Ladies not allowed in press box.”
Brazen? By contemporary standards, yes, but that’s the way it was. In 1971, my wife Shirley was assigned to cover an NHL game between the Rangers and Toronto. The Rangers refused to allow her in the press box. But she refused to accept the ban and fought to have it rescinded. She soon penned an article that appeared in the March 1971 edition of Hockey Illustrated. She wasn’t going to let it go.
Her decision to bring her case to the New York City Human Rights Commission was the right one, because the commission was created for situations such as this. After the cas...
About the Author
Stan Fischler is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who's covered the game since 1954. He been a contributor to The Hockey News since 1955 and you can continue to find his Strange But True features in almost every issue.