In the fifth installment of “Legends of the Game” we look at…
Ted Reeve was truly a legend in both football and lacrosse circles, playing both of them at the same time at the highest level possible, leading his teams to national championships, while at the same time holding down a full time job as a sports journalist with the Toronto Telegram newspaper. Reeve had been writing a weekly lacrosse column as early as 1921 when he was with the St. Aidan’s junior rugby team in the Toronto Beaches. He wrote for the Toronto Telegram from 1923 to 1971. In 1927 the Telegram decided to discontinue his lacrosse columns. While he was recovering from a broken leg, Reeve began to freelance his stories and sold a couple to a US publication. He received an offer to join the Telegram full-time because editor C.O. Knowles liked his style. He was told, “have a crack at it. If you can’t do it we’ll let you out.” His column Sporting Extras became known for its humour and was considered one of the finest sports features in Canada. He received a National Newspaper Award for excellence in 1961.
The Toronto Beaches Jr. “A” lacrosse club is proud to represent the arena named after one of the greatest athletes, and finest gentlemen, this country has ever produced.
Reprinted in part from an article in “Legends of our Game” magazine from 1993.
“Legends of our Game” magazine from 1993, put together by the Committee of OLA Jr. “A” governors.
Golla, James (Aug 29, 1983). “The Moaner left mark on sports world”. The Globe and Mail. p. S6.
The National Newspaper Awards. Retrieved Jan 3, 2010