Big League Babble On


Veteran radio and television personality John Gallagher’s salacious, voracious, and dangerously delicious memoirs of a life lived on the edge in the midst of some of the world’s biggest celebrities.

Long-time sportscaster John Gallagher has had close to four decades of hosting some of the top-rated radio and TV shows in Canada and, while he was at it, doing enough drugs to wipe out a small village. Along the way there was plenty of drinking, cavorting, and gallivanting with some of the coolest, biggest, and baddest sports stars and Hollywood celebs around.

In Big League Babble On, John spares no one, not even himself. Read about his nights boozing with the likes of Tony Curtis, Stevie Nicks, Colin Farrell, and Leafs head coach Pat Burns. Find out how partying with Gallagher saved Mark Wahlberg’s life. Or how he once came a little too close to Princess Di. And the time Muhammad Ali stole John’s Penthouse magazine … for the articles.

Gallagher is a pop culture Cuisinart and a walking — but mostly talking — sports almanac. From hot tubbing with Wendel Clark to his friendship and falling-out with Robbie Alomar, Gallagher has met (and often partied with) all of the greats. This book is your backstage pass.


A must read for all sports enthusiasts. Gallagher personifies a cross between a rock star and a sportscasting legend.

Michael Wekerle, venture capitalist and dragon investor on Canada’s Dragons’ Den

I can honestly say after reading John Gallagher‎'s book that I am greatly surprised he actually lived to write it. So many stories, so many people, and wonderful photographs to document it all. But I can't believe he turned down a chance to go to the Playboy Mansion. That proves he’s crazy. This is sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. Wow, what a life!

Perry Lefko, author and award-winning columnist

‘And then, zany antics ensued.’ That cliché was written about John Gallagher. Read Big League Babble On. It's all here.

Steve Anthony, host of CP24 Breakfast

I don't know any prize fighter who retired as the undefeated golden gloves boxing champion anywhere, anytime, and like me, got to ‘dance’ with Ali. I love this kid.

George Chuvalo, five-time Canadian heavyweight champion

John has been able to vibrantly reflect his roots in Quebec, his Maritime maturation, and his Hogtown polish. Gallagher can be … an obnoxious fool and a great friend all in one paragraph.

Bill Watters, former assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs

It's not a trip to the great White North without banging back a couple of Stolis with my good friend John Gallagher. A Habs fan who loves to bust Boston Bruins fans' balls.

Phil Esposito, former NHL player and coach, and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame

A riveting read, brimming with chuckles.

FYI Music News

Refreshing … holds nothing back and pulls no punches.

Toronto Sun

About the Author

John Gallagher

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 13, 2016
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John Gallagher

John Gallagher is a broadcaster, actor, voice-over specialist, and author. He worked at CityTV for many years, and was host of Gallagher on TSN and co-host of the Q Morning Zoo at Toronto’s best rock Q107. He lives in Toronto.