South Australia's football world is mourning the death of beloved media commentator, South Australian Football Hall of Fame member and former Recorder journalist Gordon Schwartz OAM.
Schwartz was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002 after a long and successful career spanning 30 years across print, radio and television. Before he became an iconic voice in the media landscape, he made a name for himself as a star goal-kicker for the Proprietary Football Club in Port Pirie.
His football career was interrupted by World War II, in which he served in Europe as a member of the Royal Australian Air Force. During this time he was a member of the RAAF tennis team that had a series of matches against Dutch players in Holland. He would go on to win the British Junior Club Tennis Championship in both singles and doubles,
Returning to Port Pirie after the war, he would travel to Adelaide in an attempt to break into a talented Norwood side which had won the SANFL premiership in his first year.
During this period, Schwartz split his time between Norwood and Proprietary, kicking 12 goals for the combined Pirie Association team against a combined Yorke Valley Association in 1946.
He also managed to top the Pirie Association goal-kicking in 1947 as Proprietary claimed the premiership.
After a stint with West Torrens in 1948, Schwartz would go on to become a leading sports journalist in Adelaide, after getting his start in the media industry as a journalist for The Recorder.
By 1954 he had joined The Advertiser and, by the time he retired in 1987, had established himself as the leading football writer in the state. In addition to his print media responsibilities, Schwartz also had an extensive career in both radio and television as a commentator and long-standing host of Channel Seven's World of Sport.
This article is based on information published by the SANFL.