Description - My Autobiography by Bill McLaren
Just before the start of the 2002 Wales v Scotland match in Cardiff, the stadium announcer asked people to stand and acknowledge Bill McLaren's great contribution to the sport. The whole ground rose, leaving McLaren choking back the tears. Then came a voice in his ear- 'Cue, Bill Coping with his emotions on that day was obviously not straightforward, even for a commentator of Bill McLaren s experience, used to being caught up in some of the most dramatic moments rugby has ever seen. ut Bill also talks frankly about the greatest tragedy of his life- the death of his younger daughter from cancer at 46, the three-years of agony and the trauma of her final day. Bill wanted to stay at her bedside but she insisted he go and carry out a commentating duty in Edinburgh on the Saturday afternoon. He did so, rushed back to the hospital, but she had died that afternoon while he was on air. McLaren, himself, had almost died of TB in his youth and he tells of the days and nights when he hid under the sheets in bed at the Scottish hospital where he was kept for 19 months, crying myself to sleep each night as they took away my friends who had died that day. I was certain I would be next .
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Author Biography - Bill McLaren
Bill McLaren was born in Hawick in 1923. He was on the verge of a full international cap when he contracted tuberculosis and spent nineteen months in a sanitarium. It was through his junior reporting with the Hawick Express tha the launched himself into a career of commentary, making his national debut for BBC Radio in 1953. The switch to television came six years later. Recognition of his services came in November 2001 when he became the first non-international to be inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.