Dick Beddoes

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Dick Beddoes
Born Richard Herbert Beddoes[1]
c. 1926
Daysland, Alberta
Died 24 August 1991 (aged 64–65)
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality  Canada
Occupation sports journalist

Richard Herbert "Dick" Beddoes (c. 1926 – 24 August 1991) was a Canadian sports journalist. He was a columnist for the The Vancouver Sun and The Globe and Mail and later appeared on television and radio.

Early life[edit]

Beddoes was born in Daysland, Alberta at his family's farm residence. He referred to his home town as "Sheep Tracks, Alberta".[1] He attended the University of Alberta, first in the agriculture program, then transferring to its education faculty.[2]


In 1951, Beddoes joined the Edmonton Bulletin, just before that historic newspaper folded. Later that year, he joined the Vancouver Sun as a police reporter, writing his first sports columns by late 1951.[3] In 1959, Beddoes won the British Columbia men's curling championship playing lead for the Barry Naimark rink. They represented the province at the 1959 Macdonald Brier.[4]

He moved to Toronto to work for The Globe and Mail in 1964. As the paper's senior sports columnist, he wrote a column which predicted that the Canadian team would win every game of the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. After the Soviet team won the first game of that series, Beddoes ate a printed copy of that column after covering it with borscht.[5][6]

He remained on staff with the Globe and Mail until his column on 3 September 1980 was revealed to have contained substantial, unattributed material from the New York Times.[2] After publishing an apology for that, Beddoes left print media and was subsequently appointed sports director at CHCH-TV in Hamilton where he remained until his dismissal in 1988. In January 1990, he joined CFRB radio in Toronto as host of The Sports Connection talk show.[2][7][8]

Beddoes also ghost-wrote a syndicated column on behalf of hockey player Bobby Orr in the late 1960s.[9]

Beddoes was known for his variety of clothing colours and his numerous hats,[10][2] He directly influenced Don Cherry's broadcasting career and clothing choices.[11]


Beddoes died of liver cancer in August 1991 at a Toronto hospital.[8][2]


  • Beddoes, Richard; Fischler, Stan; Gitler, Ira (1969). Hockey! The story of the world's fastest sport. Macmillan. OCLC 33429. 
  • Beddoes, Dick; Roberts, John (1974). Summit 74: The Canada/Russia Hockey Series. Methuen. ISBN 978-0458911707. 
  • Beddoes, Dick (1989). Pal Hal. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0771594625. 
  • Beddoes, Dick (1990). Dick Beddoes' greatest hockey stories. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0771591068. 


  1. ^ a b Downey, Donn (26 August 1991). "Obituary: Dick Beddoes Sports reporter's flamboyant style was trademark". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. p. D10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bold, brash Beddoes dead at 65". Ottawa Citizen. 26 August 1991. p. C6. 
  3. ^ Beddoes, Dick (29 October 1951). "Eskimos Eliminate Bombers". Vancouver Sun. p. 10. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ http://pgnewspapers.pgpl.ca/fedora/repository/pgc%3A1959-02-10-03/OCR/Full%20Text%20OCR
  5. ^ "Sport: Russian Revolution". Time. 18 September 1972. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Westhead, Rick (22 September 2012). "Newspapers in U.S.S.R. had different take on 1972 Summit Series". Toronto Star. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Television Station History - CHCH-DT". Canadian Communications Foundation. October 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Lakey, Jack (26 August 1991). "'Outrageous' Beddoes dead at 66". Toronto Star. p. B5.  Most other available obituaries claimed age 65.
  9. ^ The Canadian Press (30 January 1970). "Newspaper Man Admits He Writes Bobby Orr Column". Calgary Herald. p. 3. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Cox, Damien (Spring 1985). "The Yea Team". Ryerson Review of Journalism. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Dunnell, Milt (26 August 1991). "Beddoes gave Grapes his first television lesson". Toronto Star. p. B5. 

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