Year of Induction: 2020
Al Sokol was an accomplished sports writer who received several awards recognizing his talents. In 1967 he won a National Newspaper Award for sports writing while at the Toronto Telegram. In 1985 he won the Sports Federation of Canada Award for Excellence in Amateur Sports Writing. Al Sokol was a fixture at track and field and cross country races around Ontario covering these events for the Toronto Star. He would be at high school meets, at the Toronto Star Indoor Games, provincial championships and elsewhere. Al covered the Olympic Games and IAAF World Track and Field Championships, 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Al Sokol covered many high profile athletes such as Charlie Francis and Ben Johnson.