At Nathaniel Greene High School in Guilford County, Garrett was a star basketball player who once scored 55 points in a game and participated in the 1951 East-West All-Star game. Garrett went on to play basketball at Elon from 1952-54. But Garrett became best known as a fast-pitch softball pitcher, winning 358 games against just 83 losses from 1954-78. Along the way, playing for the Champion Paper team in Canton, N.C., Garrett pitched 40 no-hitters and had a scoreless innings streak that reached 78. He used a rising fastball, a drop, two curves, and a changeup. Wade Garrett is a member of the North Carolina Softball Hall of Fame and was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.