- Jim Hunt (columnist)
Jim "Shaky" Hunt (1926 -
9 March 2006) was a Canadian sports columnist who spent over 50 years as a journalist and covered the biggest events in sports including the Stanley Cup, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, all of golf's majors and the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series. Hunt was known as "Shaky" thanks to his intramural goaltending career at the University of Western Ontario, where he was part of the school's first journalism graduating class, in 1948. [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2006/03/09/to_hunt20060309.html Sportscaster and columnist Jim Hunt dies ] ]
Hunt died aged 79 after suffering a heart attack. and is remembered as a "character who had a loud and distinctive voice and loved telling good stories". Toronto Star,
13 March, 2006, Donovan Vincent] Hunt left Caroline, his wife of 54 years, daughters Kathryn, and Cally, and sons Rod and Andrew. He also left two brothers, Don and Jack, and six grandchildren.
Born and raised in Sarnia,
Ontario, Hunt began his 50-plus years in journalism when he joined the Toronto Daily Star in 1948, working first as a city news reporter. He was working in the Queen's Park bureau before moving to sports in 1952.
At the Star's sports department, he worked under Milt Dunnell in 1953 and later the Star's former weekly magazine as sports editor. While with the Star, one challenging assignment saw him smuggling a gun — he opted for a fake one made of wood — in a gun case into Maple Leaf Gardens in 1956 during a Leafs playoff game against the Red Wings. The objective for Hunt was to test the Gardens' security. He was able to get past the ticket-takers and the Star ran the picture of him and the gun case on the front page the next day.
Along the way he interviewed a long list of well-known figures in the sports world and outside it. He wrote a biography in the mid-1960s on hockey legend Bobby Hull. It was titled, Bobby Hull: The first million dollar hockey player. He had lunch with Marilyn Monroe and took notes while chatting with Yankee great Mickey Mantle. He also interviewed legendary boxers, Rocky Marciano, Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali.
His interview with Ali took place in a midtown Manhattan hotel room prior to Ali's 1964 upset win over Sonny Liston. After telling Hunt what he was going to do to Liston, the young and brash Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) burst into one of his trademark verses. "After I beat Liston I'll be sad, then there'll be no one to make me mad. " "All Work & All Play : A Life in the Outrageous World of Sports", Wiley; 1st edition (
30 September 2005), ISBN 0470835524]
His book also described what it was like covering the hockey riots in 1955 in
Montreal. The incident occurred after the NHL suspended Canadiens great Maurice (Rocket) Richard for attacking a Boston Bruins player with his stick, and later going after a linesman who tried to stop him. Hunt said it was a day he'd never forget, "one of the blackest in the history of hockey."
He moved to CKEY in 1967 as sports director of the AM radio station, eventually becoming news director. Hunt credited the CKEY job with giving him the opportunity to cover the 1972 and 1974 Canada-Russia hockey series.
Jim Hunt had many run-ins with
Toronto Maple Leafsowner Harold Ballard. It was Hunt that gave Harold Ballard the nickname Pal Hal, which would be the title of Dick Beddoes biography about Ballard. All Work and All Play: A Life in the Outrageous Sport, p.119, John Wiley and Sons Canada Ltd., Mississauga, ON, 2005, ISBN 0-470-83552-4 ] The first notable incident with Ballard took place as a rebuttal towards Hunt’s comments about the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ballard went on the air after the next Maple Leafs game and called Hunt a bastard. All Work and All Play: A Life in the Outrageous Sport, p.120, John Wiley and Sons Canada Ltd., Mississauga, ON, 2005, ISBN 0-470-83552-4 ] He then told TV host Dave Hodge that his comments were about someone who’s last name starts with one of the first three letters of the alphabet. Hodge responded by saying Jim Bunt. Ballard responded by saying the name started with the letter C.
When Hunt worked for the "
Toronto Sun" newspaper, Hunt was asked to attend Harold Ballard’s 85th birthday. The birthday was on July 30, 1988and held at Ballard’s cottage in Thunder Bay. Hunt attended the party with a female photographer called Veronica Milne. Hunt and Milne got lost on the way to the party and arrived an hour late. Upon their arrival, Ballard responded by saying, “Hunt, I know why you’re late. You were humping her in the back seat of the car.” All Work and All Play: A Life in the Outrageous Sport, p.122, John Wiley and Sons Canada Ltd., Mississauga, ON, 2005, ISBN 0-470-83552-4 ]
He holds the distinction of having attended every
Grey Cupgame between 1949 and 1999. Every year, for as long as sportswriters can recall, Toronto Sun columnist Jim Hunt asked the most critical question at the coaches' press conference during Grey Cup week.
"What is your position on your players having sex the night before the Grey Cup game?" he would ask the coaches, always eliciting good-natured laughter from his colleagues. So entrenched is this quirky tradition, that when he couldn't attend the last few Grey Cups, another journalist stood up to pose the question in his absence.
* One year in the press room at Glen Abbey, the golf writer for the New York Times went to the media director and asked for his seat to be moved because “there’s some loudmouth sitting beside me.” That was Hunt, who never stopped yapping or laughing. [http://www.scoregolf.com/blog/bob-weeks/2006/March/Tigers-Slam-There-I-said-it.cfm Farewell Ol' Hunt ] ]
* There was another year when Hunt took Masters chairman Jack Stephens to task. At the annual press conference with the heads of Augusta, Shaky said: “You invite Japanese, Spaniards, Frenchmen, Australians but you never invite Canadians. Why is that?” Stephens conferred for a moment with a couple of others and then said: “We consider them North Americans.”
In 2001, Hunt was honoured by Sports Media Canada, the Canadian arm of the international sportswriters' association, with an achievement award.He also co-authored "All Work and All Play: A Life in the Outrageous World of Sports" (ISBN 0470835524) with Steve Simmons. Published by Wiley and Sons, it was released on
September 30, 2005. It was a collection of stories from his time as a reporter. Long after he'd retired from full-time work he continued writing a Tuesday column for the Sun, his last one running February 28, 2006.
* [http://www.canoe.ca/SlamColumnists/hunt_home.html Archive of Jim Hunt's Columns]
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