Steve Douglas (sportscaster)

Douglas Lesueur[1] (c. 1911 – October 8, 1981)[2] known on-air as Steve Douglas was a Canadian sportscaster, most notably with CBC Sports.

Steve Douglas
Douglas Lesueur

c. 1911
DiedOctober 8, 1981 (age 70)
Barrie, Ontario
Sports commentary career
Sport(s)Canadian football, ice hockey, various
Military career
Service/branchRoyal Canadian Air Force
Battles/warsWorld War II

Early life


The only child of Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Percy LeSueur, Douglas was born in Ottawa.[3] He attended Walkerville Collegiate Institute, where he was a standout golfer.[4] After his father got a job in Buffalo, New York, Douglas attended high school in Fort Erie, Ontario.[3]



Douglas broadcasting career began in 1930 as the play-by-play announcer for the home games of the Syracuse Stars of the International Hockey League on WSYR.[5][6] In 1937, while working as the traffic manager for CKLW in Windsor, Ontario, Douglas left a suicide note and disappeared for a while before returning.[7] By 1939, Douglas was working for WWNC in Asheville, North Carolina, where he called high school football.[8]

Following the outbreak of World War II, Douglas enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving for three years.[5] After the war, he worked freelance in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.[5] In 1953, he returned to Canada to call college football in Toronto, which led to him getting an offer from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to call Interprovincial Rugby Football Union games for the network.[3]

Douglas was a sports anchor for CBLT in Toronto and an announcer for the CFL on CBC from 1953 to 1965. At the CBC, Douglas called ten Grey Cups and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics[9] and hosted Weekend in Sports,[10] Football Huddle,[11] Locker Room,[12] and World of Sport.[13] He covered the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games for the CBC and called Roger Bannister and John Landy's "Miracle Mile".[3] Douglas' contract was not renewed by CBC in 1965.[14]

Later life


Douglas worked for on the public relations staff of the Ontario Jockey Club from 1965 to 1968. He then moved to Barrie, where he covered sports for CKVR-TV and CKBB until he was hospitalized in May 1981.[15] Douglas died October 8, 1981, at the age of 70 following an illness. He was survived by his wife Maria and four children: daughters Ilma Mowery, Frances Nickolaus and Kathryn, and son Michael.[5]


  1. ^ Vern, DeGear (October 2, 1957). "Good Morning". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 26 February 2024.
  2. ^ "Steve Douglas, sports broadcaster". Canadian News Facts. Toronto: Marpep Publishing: 2586. 1981.
  3. ^ a b c d "Holds the inside-stadium dash record". Ottawa Citizen. September 10, 1960. Retrieved 26 February 2024.
  4. ^ "Doug LeSueur Low Medalist". The Border Cities Star. September 24, 1928. Retrieved 26 February 2024.
  5. ^ a b c d "Steve Douglas Broadcaster began in '30". The Globe and Mail. October 10, 1981. ProQuest 386753013. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  6. ^ Gibson, Dick (March 26, 1931). "What's What in Sport". The Border Cities Star. Retrieved 27 February 2024.
  7. ^ "Stop Search For LeSueur". The Windsor Daily Star. December 14, 1937. Retrieved 26 February 2024.
  8. ^ "Football Game To Be Described". The Ashville Citizen. September 15, 1939. Retrieved 26 February 2024.
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  14. ^ "CBC change". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. July 14, 1965. Retrieved 26 February 2024.
  15. ^ "Veteran Broadcaster Dead". The Leader-Post. October 9, 1981. Retrieved 26 February 2024.