Sunday 15 September, 2019

Veteran sports journalist Tony Becca is dead

Veteran sports journalist and author, Tony Becca (left) covered more than 100 Test matches in a career that spanned more than six decades.

Veteran sports journalist and author, Tony Becca (left) covered more than 100 Test matches in a career that spanned more than six decades.

Veteran sports journalist and author, Tony Becca has died. He was 78 years old.

According to information reaching Loop News, the former sports editor at The Gleaner Company passed away Thursday morning at the Andrews Memorial Hospital. He was being treated for dengue and reportedly developed complications.

Becca, who was sports editor at The Gleaner Company for many years, was best known for his coverage of cricket. He covered the sport for more than 40 years. He reported that he watched his first regional cricket match back in 1955 and that he had dreams of becoming a world famous cricketer.

Becca travelled far and wide with the West Indies all-conquering team and his knowledge of the game was unequalled among local sports journalists. He continued writing for The Gleaner long after he retired, and up until the time of his death, his weekly columns were a must read for cricket enthusiasts.

In October, 2005, Becca was one of the Caribbean’s top sports writers to be inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame in Hartford, Connecticut for his outstanding contribution to the development of the sport in the United States.

“I am proud to be (honoured) in the company of great men,” Mr. Becca said during his acceptance speech. He professed his love for the sport of cricket and shared what he said was his youthful aspiration to be a player of the calibre of such ‘immortals’ like Sir Frank Worrell or Sonny Ramadhin.

Becca began cricket reporting in l974 and, in 2005, was one of three West Indians who had reported on more than 150 test matches around the world.

The veteran journalist received numerous awards for his professional excellence and service to the sport. He had a longstanding relationship with the Melbourne Cricket Club and at one time served as President of the Sports Journalist Association of Jamaica and Director of the Sports Writers’ Association of the Americas.

 

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