December 24, 1905|
St. Marys, Ontario, Canada
|Died||January 3, 2008
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.
In 1988 Dunnell received the Jack Graney Award for his contribution to baseball in Canada.
The city of Toronto named a baseball diamond after Dunnell on June 10, 2006 at Bond Park in a ceremony attended by Dunnell.
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