Last night, I photographed the end of an era.
Rewind: A few weeks ago, I was assigned to a York College men’s basketball game. Not unusual, except the assignment was to make pictures of the coach, who had announced he would retire at the conclusion of the season and who stood gruffly during a short, pre-game ceremony that honored his tenure.
The man showed no emotion… until the game began.
Those photos ran the next day.
Then, last night. It was the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament, and for the first time since 2006, York College was in. If the Spartans lost, it would be Jeff Gamber’s last game. If they won, they’d live on to see another game the next night.
York College lost, 72-50. And, after the post-game handshakes, Gamber returned to the stands, beckoned his wife out of the crowd and left the court, grasping her shoulder with one hand and wiping his eyes with a tissue in the other.
Today in the office, one of the sports reporters and I remarked on the photo.
“I was surprised he was emotional,” I said.
“Yeah,” the reporter agreed. “That man is a stone.”