John Robertson (journalist)

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John Robertson (March 12, 1934 – January 25, 2014) was a Canadian media personality.

A good amateur baseball pitcher, Robertson had a tryout in 1950 with Major League Baseball's Washington Senators. When his playing days ended, he would stay around the game as a reporter, in later years writing newspaper columns on the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays. In 1998, he was inducted in the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame

Journalism/Broadcasting career:

Robertson worked as a sports reporter and columnist at the Regina Leader-Post in the early 1960s and grew to love the Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL football team over his hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers. When the Roughriders were close to bankruptcy during a tragic 1979 season, Robertson flew in from Winnipeg (where he now worked for CBC Television) at his own expense to help out coach Ronnie Lancaster. The two men were flown around Saskatchewan in a small plane to drum up ticket sales for the final game of the 1979 season. Taylor Field was full to capacity for that game and the efforts of Lancaster and Robertson managed to save the football team from certain extinction. Around the same time in November 1979, in his regular back page column for Maclean's magazine, Robertson coined the term “Rider Pride" when he wrote about his experiences and his feeling that the Roughriders had the best fans in the CFL. Robertson never received a cent from the Saskatchewan Roughriders franchise for his efforts nor an acknowledgement that the term "Rider Pride," used extensively by the Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL franchise in their marketing and annual multi-million dollar merchandise sales, was coined by journalist John Robertson.

The founder of the Manitoba Marathon, over the years Robertson also has been involved in charitable causes for the Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank, Gimli Food Bank and the Toronto Food Bank.

Robertson was a 24Hours interviewer on CBWT in Winnipeg during the years September 1977 till September 1981. In 1981 he did a feature documentary on Terry Fox for 24Hours. He also wrote a twice-weekly sports column for the Winnipeg Free Press in 1978, and was considered at the time one of Canada's best sports writers. John resigned from 24Hours to run as a Progressive Conservative in the provincial riding of St. Vital in the 1981 election.[1][2] After not winning that seat he joined the Winnipeg Sun where he wrote a regular sports column.

John wrote three books: High Times with Stewart MacPherson (ISBN 0-9195-7618-4), Those Amazing Jays (ISBN 0-9199-5916-4), and "Rusty Staub of the Montreal Expos" (ISBN 013784462X) (ISBN 978-0137844623)

In 1990 Robertson retired to Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba. He died January 25, 2014 in Gimli, Manitoba.[3]


  1. ^ "CBC names Harvard to take over as 24Hours host". Winnipeg Free Press. October 16, 1981. 
  2. ^ "Host meets former host on 24Hours: 'You blew it'". Winnipeg Free Press. November 19, 1981. 
  3. ^ "Robbie defined Rider Pride". Regina Leader-Post. January 28, 2014. 

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