Stu Cowan: It has been quite a journey for former major-league umpire Jim McKean

Montreal Gazette

Jim McKean’s world will come full circle on Saturday when he umpires a few innings of the N.D.G. Baseball Major Championship game for the under-12 age group at Loyola Park.

McKean, now 70, spent much of his youth at Loyola Park as a star athlete in baseball, football and basketball. As a 12-year-old, he pitched three no-hitters and posted a perfect 18-0 record while leading Trenholme Park to the city peewee championship and also quarterbacked the Trenholme Park football team to a provincial title. He later earned the Principal Trophy at Monkland High School after winning championships with the school’s football and basketball teams. And in 1963, as QB of the N.D.G. Maple Leafs, he led his team to the Eastern Canadian championship.

McKean would then spend two years with the Alouettes in the Canadian Football League, mostly as a punter and backup QB to Bernie Faloney. The Saskatchewan Roughriders signed him before the…

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