Jim McKay

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Jim McKay
Born James Kenneth McManus
September 24, 1921(1921-09-24)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died June 7, 2008(2008-06-07) (aged 86)
Monkton, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Sportscaster, sportswriter, actor
Years active 1955–2000
2002
2006
Spouse Margaret Dempsey (1948–2008); his death
Children Sean and Mary

James Kenneth McManus (September 24, 1921 – June 7, 2008), better known by his professional name of Jim McKay, was an American television sports journalist.

McKay is best known for hosting ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961–1998). He covered 12 Olympic Games. He earned respect for his memorable reporting on the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics.[1]

McKay covered a wide variety of special events, including horse races such as the Kentucky Derby, golf events such as the British Open, and the Indianapolis 500.[2]

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