Milt Dunnell

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Milt Dunnell
Born (1905-12-24)December 24, 1905
Died January 3, 2008(2008-01-03) (aged 102)
Occupation Sportswriter

Milt Dunnell (December 24, 1905 – January 3, 2008) was a Canadian sportswriter, known chiefly for his work at the Toronto Star.

Born in St. Marys, Ontario, Dunnell entered journalism with the Stratford Beacon Herald in the 1920s, later becoming the sports editor. He joined the Star as a sportswriter in 1942, becoming sports editor in 1949. He wrote on almost all sports during his career, which lasted more than fifty years, although his productivity declined somewhat in later years. In the 1990s, he was still writing three columns per week until the age of 94.

Amongst other events, Dunnell covered the Olympic Games from 1952 through 1968, Stanley and Grey Cup events, and the Kentucky Derby. He also wrote extensively on baseball for the Toronto Star, even well before the city received a Major League team in 1977.

Dunnell died on January 3, 2008 at the age of 102 at North York General Hospital of pneumonia.


Dunnell received the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award in 1984 being honoured by the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Dunnel was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

In 1988 Dunnell received the Jack Graney Award for his contribution to baseball in Canada.

Dunnell was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

Milt Dunnell was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.[1]

The city of Toronto named a baseball diamond after Dunnell on June 10, 2006 at Bond Park in a ceremony attended by Dunnell.

St. Marys town council on Dec 13 2006 voted to give the popular park by the Thames River, traditionally known as 'The Flats', a new official name: Milt Dunnell Field.[2]


  1. ^ "Milt Dunnel". Retrieved 23 September 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^
  • The London Free Press
  • Canadian Horseracing Hall of Fame bio
  • Milt Dunnell Field

External links

  • Toronto Star Obituary

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