George Gross, founding sports editor of Toronto Sun, dies at 8

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TORONTO - George Gross, the founding sports editor of the Toronto Sun and a legend of both Canadian sports and journalism, died early Friday at his Toronto home.
He was 85.
Gross was active to the end. He worked a full day in the Sun newsroom Thursday, chasing a story about a King Clancy 1932 Stanley Cup hockey stick.
Gross was known as "The Baron" for more than half a century because of his elegant Czech accent and suave continental style.In 1949, Gross and a friend escaped across the Danube to Austria in a rowing shell under the noses of armed border guards. He made his way to Canada, working as a farmhand before re-establishing his career as a sports journalist on the Toronto Telegram.
With other ex-Telegram staffers, Gross was a founding member of the Toronto Sun, its first sports editor when the Sun hit the streets on Nov. 1, 1971.

Organizations: Toronto Sun, Toronto Telegram

Geographic location: TORONTO, Danube, Austria Canada

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