George Gross (journalist)

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George Gross
Born (1923-01-23)January 23, 1923
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Died March 21, 2008(2008-03-21) (aged 85)
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Occupation journalist
Years active 1950s–2008
Employer Toronto Sun, Toronto Telegram
Awards Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award (1985)

George Gross, O.Ont (January 23, 1923 – March 21, 2008) was a Canadian sport journalist and soccer executive. He worked for several newspapers, most notably the Toronto Sun. He was a co-founder of the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League.

In 1957, Gross covered Canada's FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in Mexico. One year later he was in Sweden for the 1958 FIFA World Cup finals and interviewed the 17-year-old Pelé. Between 1953 and 1974 he published the Soccer and Sports News.

In 1985, Gross was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, winning the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award. In 1994, he received the Olympic Order, and he was inducted into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2003, he was presented with the Order of Ontario. In 2005, Gross was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and on April 2006, Gross was inducted as a builder into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.

In 2004, the Toronto Sun began its annual George Gross/Toronto Sun Sportsperson of the Year award.[1]

Shortly after his death in 2008, the Canadian Soccer Association created the George Gross Memorial Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player of the annual Canadian Championship.


  1. ^ Elliott, Bob (December 14, 2008). "Doc delivers as role model: Our Sportsperson of the Year a champion on and off the pitching mound". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 

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