Basil O'Meara

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Basil O'Meara
Born(1892-06-05)June 5, 1892
Ontario, Canada
DiedOctober 25, 1971(1971-10-25) (aged 79)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active1910 – c. 1968
EmployerMontreal Star
AwardsElmer Ferguson Memorial Award (1984)

Basil Edmund "Baz" O'Meara (June 5, 1892 – October 25, 1971), was a Canadian sports journalist. A columnist for the Montreal Star, he won the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award in 1984 and is a member of the media section of the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1979, O'Meara was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.[1][2] O'Meara was the sports editor of the Ottawa Journal during the 1920s, and mentored his successor Bill Westwick.[3][4] He joined the Star in 1929 and retired at the age of 76 around 1968. Although controversy exists over this claim, he was widely credited with nicknaming Maurice Richard "Rocket". He began his career at the Ottawa Free Press in 1910.[5] He died of a massive stroke in 1971.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Basil O'Meara". Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Legends of Hockey - Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award Winners". Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. ^ Campbell, Don (June 20, 1990). "Former Journal sports editor dead at 82". Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ontario. p. 19.icon of an open green padlock
  4. ^ Lake, Stuart (August 30, 1973). "After 47 years, Bill Westwick writes his final 30". Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ontario. p. 27.icon of an open green padlock
  5. ^ Sports writer covered action for 50 years Meara, Baz O. The Globe and Mail (1936-Current); Oct 26, 1971; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail. pg. 37