Sunday, June 8

Remembering Jim McKay

LEGENDARY SPORTS BROADCASTER Jim McKay died this weekend. He was 86.

Something I didn’t know: His real name was James McManus, but he legally changed it after hosting a program a CBS executive dubbed “The Real McKay.”

Some of us grew up with McKay, who covered virtually every sport, from the Olympic Games to motor racing to golf.

McKay reported the action at the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and other tournaments during the Palmer and Nicklaus eras when professional golf began to appear on small black-and-white and color screens across America.

His favorite sport? Horse racing. McKay passed away just hours before the running of the Belmont Stakes.

−The Armchair Golfer


OrlandoGolfBlogger said...

I didn't realize his favorite sport was horse racing! That's Crazy! I was saddened by his death, but he lived a great memorable life.

The Armchair Golfer said...

Yeah, I would have never guessed that either. He came across as an ordinary sports-loving guy who truly loved what he did. I can't imagine anyone covering more sports or sporting events than Jim McKay.