View Full Version : Jim McKay dies at 86...

Bono Vox
06.07.08, 09:45 AM
A sportscaster and legend in his own right passes away.

I remember him the most from that famous "Spanning the globe …" on ABC's Wide World of Sports!

A total class act. I once saw some sort of special that looked at his life and career...total complete class act in both his personal and professional life...his wife and kids ADORED him...as did all his colleagues (or at least it seemed)

The world is an ever so slightly lesser place...

R.I.P Jim :(

NEW YORK - Jim McKay, the veteran and eloquent sportscaster thrust into the role of reporting on tragedy at the 1972 Munich Olympics, has died. He was 87.

McKay died Saturday of natural causes at his farm in Monkton, Md. The broadcaster who considered horse racing his favourite sport died only hours before Big Brown attempted to win a Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes.

He was host of ABC's influential "Wide World of Sports" for more than 40 years, starting in 1961. The weekend series introduced viewers to all manner of strange, compelling and far-flung sports events.

McKay also covered 12 Olympics, but none more memorably than the Summer Games in Munich, Germany. He was the anchor when events turned grim with the news that Palestinian terrorists kidnapped 11 Israeli athletes. It was left to McKay to tell viewers when a commando raid to rescue the athletes ended in tragedy.

"They're all gone," McKay said.

He won both a news and sports Emmy Award for his coverage of the Munich Olympics in addition to the prestigious George Polk award.

"In the long run, that's the most memorable single moment of my career," said McKay, an Emmy Award winning broadcaster who was also in the studio for the United States' "Miracle on Ice" victory over Russia. "I don't know what else would match that."

A veteran of the U.S. navy in the Second World War, McKay was the first on-air television broadcaster seen in Baltimore. He worked at CBS Sports briefly, but did his most memorable work at ABC Sports when it dominated the business under leader Roone Arledge.

"He had a remarkable career and a remarkable life," said Sean McManus, McKay's son and the president of CBS News and Sports. "Hardly a day goes by when someone doesn't come up to me and say how much they admired my father."

McKay was the first sportscaster to win an Emmy Award. He won 12, the last in 1988. ABC calculated that McKay travelled the equivalent of about seven million kilometres to work events. He covered more than 100 different sports in 40 countries.

"There are no superlatives that can adequately honor Jim McKay," said George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC Sports. "He meant so much to so many people. He was a founding father of sports television, one of the most respected commentators in the history of broadcasting and journalism."

06.07.08, 09:53 AM

A true class act and excellent broadcaster. A guy like him would almost seem out of place on the airwaves today.

Bono Vox
06.07.08, 10:14 AM
I almost forgot to mention another moment from "Wide World of Sports":

That ski jumper falling on the ramp and tumbling like a rag doll to Jim saying "the agony of defeat".

Double Down
06.07.08, 11:39 AM
Damn, another one? Between Jim McKay and Harvey Korman I'm getting a little sick of losing these people that were staples of my childhood. :irked: :{

Loved Jim McKay. The perfect guy and perfect voice to have tied to some great moments through the 70's and 80's.

06.07.08, 01:30 PM
Great man very humble....RIP

06.07.08, 02:00 PM
RIP Mr McKay.

He was and will always be the voice of the Olympic games to me.

06.07.08, 04:23 PM
We lost another great. Shoot. He was the voice of Wide World for me growing up. Rest in peace Jim.

06.07.08, 05:26 PM
ABC's Wide World of Sports was a weekend staple in our house.

RIP Jim.

06.07.08, 06:06 PM
Yep, another voice from the past silenced. R.I.P., Jim

Bo Diddley, Harvey Korman and Jim McKay - hope that's three for awhile...

Bugs Meanie
06.07.08, 08:51 PM
McKay accomplished so much in his life and he always managed to convey his experiences and the events themselves in such a way that he brought the viewer into his life and whatever event he was covering. So mild mannered and humble. He'll be missed. RIP.

track 5
06.07.08, 11:56 PM
RIP Mr McKay.

He was and will always be the voice of the Olympic games to me.

Isn't that the truth. He'd do the Indy 500 as well. The man was a badass. Out.

06.08.08, 03:33 AM
RIP :(

Daisy Hill
06.08.08, 06:16 AM
RIP McKay, you could make the sport of curling interesting...a class act all the way

06.08.08, 06:29 AM
Sorry, don't know this guy but a comment by someone else got me thinking. I remember when i was a kid and it seemed to be a regular occurence when my parents would talk in melancholy, hushed tones about the latest famous person from their childhood who had died.

I guess a lot of us here are entering into an age when these kinds of things become more and more frequent.

Sad to see. Just an thought.

06.08.08, 06:44 AM
RIP, Mr. McKay. You were a class act. They certainly don't make 'em like you anymore.

06.08.08, 02:17 PM
Class Act. The sports television pioneer. I feel sorry for you youngins that never had the pleasure to enjoy the Olympics hosted by Jim McKay. He is the first person I think when I think of the Olympics.

06.09.08, 04:04 PM
My sympathies also for the Mc Kay family. When you think that pre ESPN that the Genisis to me was Wide World of Sports; cliff diving, surfing, drag racing, Jim McKay brought them to us and of course the Olympics. It was Jm Mckay on Saturday and Curt Gowdy on Sunday with the American Sportsman. These men were class. RIP

Hurricane Halen
06.09.08, 07:51 PM
Can't really add what hasn't already been said!!

RIP Mr. Jim!!:(

HH<----Some of us that are of age are loosing childhood icons, quickly----------