Fergie Olver Biography

Fergie Olver, a Canadian former game show host and sportscaster, gained notoriety in the 1980s as the host of the kids’ game show ‘Just Like Mom’. Alongside his wife Catherine Swing, Fergie aimed to determine which child and mother knew each other best through question and answer sessions. However, controversy surrounded Fergie as he faced criticism for coercing underage girls into giving him kisses on the show, even if they were reluctant. Despite this controversy, Fergie also had a successful career as a sports commentator, particularly as the dugout reporter for the ‘Toronto Blue Jays’ during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Quick Facts

  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Catherine Swing, Susan Wheeler
    • Children: Alison Olver, Carrie Olver, Emily Olver
  • Born Country: Canada
  • Sportscasters
  • Game Show Hosts

Career

Fergie Olver began his career in sports as an outfielder in the baseball minor leagues. He played for teams such as Saskatoon/Medicine Hat in the semi-pro Western Baseball League and became a well-known face of Major League Baseball in Canada. He also played in the old Western Major Baseball League. However, in the 1960s, he decided to transition from sports to broadcasting and started a new career in the Moose Jaw/Regina area. In 1969, he joined CFCF-TV in Montreal and later moved to CFTO-TV in Toronto.

In 1981, Fergie Olver joined the Toronto Blue Jays’ baseball crew as a broadcaster and dugout reporter. He held this position until 1996. During his time with the Blue Jays, he witnessed their glory days, including their World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. He also covered their games on CTV, TSN, and BBS channels. In addition to his work in baseball, Fergie appeared as a member of the press in the 1971 film ‘Face-Off’, where he covered a hockey team.

Just Like Mom

Fergie Olver joined the Canadian television game show ‘Just Like Mom’ starting from its second season. The show, which aired from 1980 to 1985 on CTV, was initially hosted by Stephen Young in the first season. However, from the second season onwards, Fergie and his wife Catherine Swing took over as the hosts. Catherine Swing was also the creator of the show. Fergie’s time on the show was met with controversy as his behavior with the young female participants was deemed inappropriate by many television critics.

Personal Life

Not much is known about Fergie Olver’s early life and family background. He is originally from Moose Jaw and was married to Catherine Swing before marrying Susan Wheeler in 1986. Fergie has three children, and his daughter Carrie Olver works on shopping channels and The Weather Network. In 2004, Fergie was nominated for the Ford C. Frick Award, which recognizes broadcasters who have made significant contributions to baseball.

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