by George Gross
Self-educated Ted Reeve, a.k.a. The Moaner, was a highly respected columnist in the Toronto Telegram and, later, the Toronto Sun. His specialty was topping his columns with comic doggerel, poking fun at athletes, coaches and owners.
Tall and physically imposing he was, nonetheless a gentle and easy-going observer of the sporting life. Ted had been a fine football coach and player and was a journalist who never went into a team dressing room. He always claimed that he was paid to write what he sees — not what players tell him. A writer who had a dedicated and loyal following among readers of the old Telegram, the Moaner is also an honoured member of Toronto’s Journalism Hall of Fame.