Owen Canfield


The Connecticut journalism world has lost a good one. Longtime sportswriter Owen Canfield has died from colon cancer. He began and ended his career at the Torrington Register-Citizen (“The Register” when he started there) but in between, wrote for the Hartford Courant for 43 years.

As he wrote in a farewell column,

During these 59 years, I learned and did all the editorial jobs newspaper people do. I traveled widely for The Courant sports department, saw wonderful things happen and wrote about them, including:

Jack Nicklaus’ Masters victory in 1986; Reggie Jackson’s three-homer game in the World Series of 1978 at Yankee Stadium, Hank Aaron’s 715th home run in Atlanta, Pete Rose’s base hit that broke Ty Cobb’s record, the NCAA tournament game in 1990 in which Scot Burrell threw the pass and Tate George made the shot that beat Clemson and a million lesser things, all of which were important to someone.

From the Register-Citizen.

From Lori Riley at the Courant.

Owen’s farewell column, March, 2019.

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