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Tributes flow as legendary sports journalist Scot Palmer dies

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Legendary Australian sports journalist Scot Palmer has died, aged 84.

Palmer was one of the nation’s most famous sporting scribes, spending most of his career writing about AFL for the Herald and Weekly Times , with his famous ‘Keep Punching’ catch-cry to go with his Palmer’s Punchlines column.

He started his career as a cadet at the Sun News-Pictorial in 1954, before spending more than 50 years writing for the Herald and Weekly Times,  with columns in The Sun, Sunday Press, Sunday Sun and Sunday Herald Sun.

Palmer, who was also a sports editor for large swathes of his career, retired in 2008.

Jon Ralph, Palmer’s long-time colleague at the  Herald Sun , paid tribute to Palmer’s personality and journalistic skills.

“You would find any excuse to wander into Scot Palmer’s office,” Ralph tweeted.

“Without fail he would deliver a tale mixing a football superstar, a full-blown scandal and his incredible role in uncovering the story. At least 20 per cent were printable.

“A journalistic legend. What a life. #rip.”

Sports personality Eddie McGuire explained the impact Palmer had on the Australian sports journalism scene.

“No one can underestimate the indelible mark and legacy that Scot Palmer made to the game of Australian football through his personality and profession,”  McGuire said.

“He was a part of as many sporting stories in Melbourne, particularly in football, as he actually reported.

“To me, he was also the mascot of journalism and football and inner-city, gritty Melbourne. In a way, a chapter of that period closes in our game, in our city’s fabric and in our profession with Scotty’s passing.”




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