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« on: June 07, 2008, 08:06:31 PM »

Just saw this on Jayski:

"Sad News - Jim McKay: Jim McKay, 86, a longtime television sports journalist, has died of natural causes in Maryland, according to a statement from the McKay family. McKay is best known for hosting "ABC's Wide World of Sports" and 12 Olympic Games. McKay won numerous awards for journalism, including the George Polk Memorial Award and two Emmys -- one for his sports coverage, the other for his news reporting -- for his work at the 1972 Munich Olympics, which were tragically affected by the Black September terrorists' attack on the Israeli athletes in the Olympic Village. In 1988, McKay was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. In 1968, McKay won the first of his 13 Emmy Awards, becoming the first sports commentator to receive that honor. McKay was the first American network sports commentator to visit mainland China. In 1991, he visited Cuba to interview Fidel Castro. McKay was with "ABC's Wide World of Sports" since its inception in April 1961. Jim McManus (McKay's real name) was born in Philadelphia on September 24, 1921, and moved to Baltimore when he was 15.(ESPN.com)(6-7-2008)"

Even I remember Mr. McKay.  Very sad...

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2008, 12:48:13 AM »

I spent many years watching Jim McKay on WWS.  He was superb at his job, and managed to keep me interested in some sports that I never would have expected to enjoy.  He really set the standard for how to cover a sporting event in many ways.

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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2008, 06:58:53 PM »

He was probably the greatest sportscaster - ever!  He made us aware of sports that we didn't know existed, and he did so with incredible grace and professionalism.

In a way, he was like someone who invited us into our homes.  Unfortunately, too many of today's announcers want to trash the furniture and eat all of our food instead.  They should all learn from Jim McKay and his contemporaries: Jack Whitaker, Chris Schenkel, Bill Fleming, Dick Enberg, Ray Scott, Curt Gowdy and so many others.

After he died, every live sportscast on every channel mentioned McKay's name in some way this past weekend.  Even NASCAR on TNT - with so few apparent connections - made a note, and Bill Weber talked about the lessons he learned from him.

It should also be mentioned that one of McKay's sons, Sean McManus, is president of both CBS Sports and CBS News.
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2008, 08:52:31 PM »

Thoughts and prayers are with all of his loved ones.
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2008, 05:21:52 PM »

The funeral mass was this morning in Baltimore, MD.  I just watched some coverage from NFL Network.  Jim Nantz was one of the speakers, and he remembered McKay as a poet, among other things.
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