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The Passing of David Steinhart

[photopress:steinie.jpg,full,alignleft]I was really saddened today to hear of the passing of my friend, former National Post colleague and Fan 590 business commentator David Steinhart.

Steinhart was an original. Easy to love, maddening, smart, callous, crude, and fascinating, all at the same time. We shared a mutual love of baseball, especially players from the first half of the 20th century. He had no interest in golf and couldn’t figure out why anyone would care about such a sport. However, he had an uncanny ability to recall obscure baseball stats from 100 years previous.

Steinie was also remarkable for his obsessive behaviour. A one-time smoker who was overweight, he stopped smoking about six years ago and became obsessive about his physical fitness. He dropped a ton of weight and began heading to the gym twice a day. He never did anything by half measures.

David moved north of the city last year, and had recently married. He was expecting his first child in July when he passed away in his sleep on Thursday night. I don’t know the cause, and it doesn’t really matter.

He was one of the last of the old-time journalists — larger than life, outrageous and calculated. When he decided to reinvent himself, he emerged as a television reporter, working on air for Global for a couple of years. The Fan 590 gig, where he spoke about business developments each morning, was his most recent work.

I’ll never forget Steinie asking me to take over his morning business broadcasts on CTV in 2002. I did them for a month. Of course David was paid for them, but in exchange for subbing in, he said he’d buy me a steak. Took me nearly two years to get it out of him — but he did eventually buy me that lunch.

The last time I saw David was over a lunch last summer. He was happy — and I briefly met his wife. I hadn’t seen him much since he left the Post in 2003, but we picked up like he’d never left, immediately talking baseball. He was my firend and I’ll miss him.

One thing is for sure – there wasn’t another like him and we were all better for having known him.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • Hey there;
    Worked with Steinhart for six years at the Calgary Herald. Even though I’m 10 years older, we hit it off and hung out a lot together. He was witty, wise and, yeah, sometimes a real pain in the ass. Like the little brother who was always needling you, Steinhart was sometimes like gum on your shoe. Then again, I’ve never laughed so hard with somebody.
    Funny what today has brought. I’m hearing from many former Herald buddies and those in Vancouver who also worked with Dave. We’re sharing a lot of memories about David.

    Ben Kuzma
    Canucks beat writer
    Vancouver Province

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