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Chapter 7 Images

Sports broadcaster Foster Hewitt in his office, 1945. Foster was the voice of NHL hockey for more than half a century. His Saturday night broadcasts from his gondola high above the ice at Maple Leaf Gardens was greatly anticipated and enjoyed by Canadians over radio and later via television transmissions for decades. Archives of Ontario, Digital Image Number: I0011397 (p. 155)

Lou Marsh, former sports editor of the Toronto Star, refereeing. Marsh’s devotion to and passion for sport was seemingly endless, whether serving as referee or serving his reading public in his lucid, stylized, and opinionated sport reporting. Toronto Star/GetStock.com (p. 158)

Ted Reeve, enlisting for Sportsmen Battery with Conn Smythe at Maple Leaf Gardens, 1939. Smythe was the entrepreneur who promoted the building of Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931, at the height of the Depression. Very likely, this photo was a staged promotion of the reflected support of the Gardens’ management for the war effort by having two such well-known Toronto sportsmen as Smythe and Reeve captured in the image. Archives of Ontario, Digital Image Number: I0016695 (p. 164)

Ted Reeve, c. 1923, Toronto Argonauts; Canadian Football Hall of Fame photo. Reeve’s football prowess as a Toronto Argonaut was carried over after his athletic career into his penchant for writing articles about his beloved gridiron sport. Photo courtesy of Don Morrow (p. 165)

Seven women in sports dress holding tennis rackets—team photo, c. 1920. One interpretation of this image is that it is typical of the manner in which female athletes were posed for their feminine qualities without much attention to their athleticism. Note the hair bows, shoes, and beckoning head and finger gestures, hardly reflective of anything to do with tennis. Library and Archives Canada, accession no. 1990-112 NPC (p. 169)

Girl athletes Myrtle Cook and Hazel Conacher, 1925. Myrtle is 23 in this photograph and some two years from winning the world title for the 100 metre and three years from her major role in contributing to the success of Canada’s first women’s track and field team at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games. Note the rolled stockings and athletic apparel on both Hazel and Myrtle. © Bettmann/CORBIS (p. 171)

The Matchless Six greeted at Union Station, August 1928. Left to right: Myrtle Cook, Jean Thompson, Ethel Smith, Florence Bell, Ethel Catherwood, Fannie Rosenfeld, Miss A.E.M. Parkes (Chaperone), and Dorothy Prior (breast¬stroker, first Canadian woman to swim at the Olympic Games, 1928). The civic reception was a fitting tribute to these Canadian Olympic athletes. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1266, Globe and Mail fonds, Item 14109 (p. 173)

An example of Rosenfeld’s column, “Feminine Sports Reel,” extracted from the Globe and Mail, 26 October 1940. This clip is a good example of the structure used by the sports columnists discussed in this chapter. Courtesy of http://jwa.org/exhibits/wov/rosenfeld/ and Don Morrow (p. 175)