Boston is mourning the loss of a TV sportscasting legend today with the passing of former channel 5 sports anchor Don Gillis. Gillis was 85 years old.
In the 1950’s, Gillis worked with Curt Gowdy on the Red Sox radio broadcasts at WHDH. He also hosted a weekly sports radio program with writers from the Boston Herald Traveler and other personalities.
On the television side, he was the first anchor in Boston to do a sportscast, starting in 1962. He was also the long time host of candlepin bowling programs on the station right up until 1995.
He was also the father of former channel 7 sportscaster Gary Gillis.
WCVB report: Don Gillis, Dean Of Boston TV Sports, Dies