Trent Frayne

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Trent Gardiner Frayne (born September 13, 1918 in Brandon, Manitoba) is a retired Canadian sportswriter whose career stretched over 60 years.

"Billy" Frayne, as he was known as a youth, was born to father Homer, who was a railroader for the Canadian Pacific Railway and mother Ella. He began his journalism career with the Brandon Sun at the age of 15 covering minor hockey and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba three years later to accept a job with the Canadian Press and the Winnipeg Tribune in 1938 and shared the lodgings of Winnipeg Free Press columnist Scott Young and befriended Tribune columnist Ralph Allen. He covered his first World Series in 1941 and interviewed Joe DiMaggio. He left Winnipeg in 1942 for Ontario leaving his childhood nickname behind in favour of his given name of Trent.

He followed Young and Allen to Toronto and joined the Globe and Mail as a general reporter earning $45 a week and abandoned his childhood nickname to change his byline to Trent Frayne. At the Globe he met June Callwood whom he married in 1944. Frayne resumed his work as a fulltime sportswriter when he joined the staff of the Toronto Telegram. He moved to Maclean's Magazine in the 1950 where Callwood was by then working as a freelancer. Fellow Maclean's writer Pierre Berton became a close friend and said of the couple "They were very much in love, a handsome couple who called each other 'Dreamy,'" The couple raised four children in the Etobicoke home they shared until...
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