Just a sad note to pass along, and no more appropriate place to do it than on a sports blog.
My former colleague at the National Post, David Steinhart passed away last night in his sleep.
Steiny and I sat next to each other for about a year at the Post. I spent most of that year trying, and failing, to stump him with basebal trivia questions. His memory for baseball stats and personalities was unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and he was a big Leafs fan as well.
The most amazing day was when I asked him this: “This pitcher only ever pitched one 20-win season in his career – for the 1986 San Francisco Giants.” He thought about it for about 5 minutes, and then came up with the correct answer: Mike Krukow. Steiny left the Post to work in television and radio, but every time I saw him after that he’d look at me and say “Mike Krukow” and we’d both crack up.
He was a really good guy and a good colleague. And he’ll be sadly missed.