Builder - George Gross

Born: Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, January 23, 1923.George Gross 1

George came to Canada in April 1950, and although a journalist by profession, first worked on a construction site, and then for the T. Eaton Company. In 1957 he was hired part-time by the Toronto Telegram as as soccer reporter and in January 1959 fulltime as a reporter , covering soccer and later hockey and other sports. In 1957 George covered Canada's World Cup qualifying matches in Mexico and even practiced with the national team. One year later was in Sweden he for the World Cup finals and interviewed the 17 year old Pele. Between 1953 and 1974 he published the Soccer and Sports News and in 1961 was one of the founders of the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League. As managing director of Toronto City, he went to Britain where he signed international stars Johnny Haynes, Danny Blanchflower, Tommy Younger (captains of England, Northern ireland and Scotland respectively), Stanley Matthews and Jackie Mudie. George guided Toronto City from 1961 to mid-July 1965. He continued to work for the Telegram until October 1971, when the paper stopped publishing, and then became the first sports editor of the newly crated Toronto Sun, and is now the Sun's Corporate Sports Editor. He was presented with the prestigious Order of Ontario in 2003, the National Newspaper Award in 1974, the Olympic Order in 1994 and was inducted into Canada's Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985? the Slovak Hall of Fame in 2001? the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.