Anthony Michael Peter Gabriel is a former professional Canadian football pass receiver who played in the Canadian Football League from 1971 to 1981. He played for the Ottawa Rough Riders, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in August 1985. In 2014, he was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Gabriel was born in Burlington, Ontario on December 11, 1948, attended Burlington Central High School from 1962 to 1967. While at BCHS, Gabriel played both basketball, he was a member of the Junior Basketball Championship team from 1965. He was honoured in 1967, with the M. M. Robinson Gold Medal for top student athlete at BCHS. Two memories that stick out in his mind from being a Trojan were, not making the football team in his grade ten year. Gabriel was active throughout high school playing junior football for the Burlington Braves under the direction of famed coach Bernie Custis. From there he attended Syracuse University from 1968–1971 where he played split-end for coach Ben Schwartzwalder.
Following his time in college, he went on to have a legendary professional football career in the Canadian Football League with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1971–1974, with the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1975–1981. Gabriel's first CFL year with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1971, was rather mediocre, with only 20 catches for 265 yards and one touchdown. With rookie quarterback Chuck Ealey in 1972 Gabriel caught 49 passes for 733 yards and 3 scores during the season and helped the team win the Grey Cup over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. After the 1974 season he joined the Ottawa Rough Riders. With Ottawa he had five seasons of over 1,000 yards receiving, including four consecutive seasons from 1975 to 1978, with the other in 1981. In 1976 and 1977 Gabriel led the CFL in receiving yards with 1362 respectively. There would not be another Canadian receiver with this accomplishment until the Stampeders' Dave Sapunjis in 1993; the 1976 Grey Cup game is what fans most remember of Gabriel, with his late fourth-quarter touchdown catch from Tom Clements that won the game over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
In 1978 he was awarded the Schenley Award for the Most Valuable Player in the CFL, becoming the first Canadian to win the prize in 10 years. This feat was not repeated until 2013. In his career Gabriel was chosen ten consecutive times as the EFC/East Division's all-star tight end from 1972 to 1981; as well he was named to the league's all star team as the tight end in 1972 and from 1974 to 1980. The 1981 Grey Cup game saw. Gabriel entered the game with a partial ligament tear in his left knee. Late in the game following a questionable penalty, Gabriel left the game when his knee gave out, never to play professionally again. At the time, Gabriel stood at third among the all-time receivers behind only Tom Scott and Tommy Joe Coffey; this made him first among Canadian receivers. In his 11 seasons, he caught 614 passes for 69 touchdowns, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in August 1985 and in November 2006, was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network The Sports Network/TSN.
Sophomore Year – Syracuse University: Devil's Own Trophy: Top Student-Athlete Junior Year – Syracuse University: Orange Key Trophy: Outstanding Student-athlete. Final Game: set a record for a 4 T. D. game vs. Miami 1972 – Won Grey Cup with Hamilton Tiger Cats 1974, 76, 77, 78 – Voted Schenley for Most Outstanding Canadian 1976 - Led the CFL in receiving yards with 1320 1976 – Won Grey Cup with Ottawa Rough Riders catching the winning touchdown pass in the last minute of play 1976 – Most Valuable Canadian in the Grey Cup 1977 - Led the CFL in receiving yards with 1362 1978 – Selected as Schenley Award winner for Most Outstanding Player in CFL 1972 – Selected All-East All-Star team for CFL 1972, 1974–1980 – Selected All-Canadian All-Star team for CFL 1985 – Inducted into The Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1985 – Inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame 1986 – Inducted into Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame 2014 – Inducted into Ontario Sports Hall of Fame Schenley Nominations Outstanding Player 1977, 78, 81 Outstanding Canadian 1973, 74 1976, 77, 78, 79, 81Jeff Russel Trophy for Outstanding Player in the Eastern Division 1978Lew Hayman Trophy for Outstanding Canadian Player in the Eastern Division 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981All-Star Selections - Eastern Division 72–74 Hamilton 75–81 Ottawa In June 2015, Gabriel retired after 35 years in the financial advising business.
In June 2016, he married Lyle Confrey. They are residing in both Burlington and Newport, Rhode Island, he has three adult children. CFL Facts and Records 1985 Official CFL statistics 1971 to 1981 Ronald A. Ferroni, The 2001 Unofficial Canadian Football Encyclopedia, Hamilton 2001
James Norman "Dirty Thirty" Young is a former professional American football and Canadian football player. Young played running back and wide receiver for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings for two seasons, the CFL's BC Lions for thirteen seasons. Young is a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame, the Queen's University Football Hall of Fame. Young's #30 jersey is one of ten numbers retired by the BC Lions. In 2003, Young was voted a member of the BC Lions All-Time Dream Team as part of the club’s 50th anniversary celebration. In 2006, Young was voted to the Honour Roll of the CFL's top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN. Young was nicknamed "Dirty Thirty", for his aggressive jersey number. Sports journalist Jim Taylor would write a football biography of Young featuring the same name. Young was the first CIS football player, playing for Queen's University, drafted into the National Football League in 1965.
He played Running back/halfback for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1966 seasons. Young ended up signing with the Canadian Football League's BC Lions in a multi-player "trade" between the NFL and the CFL teams, one of the few transactions to occur between the two leagues. Young wanted to return to Canada, the BC Lions were interested in acquiring him, however the Toronto Argonauts had his CFL rights; the Minnesota Vikings were interested in signing BC Lions quarterback Joe Kapp. The Minnesota Vikings general manager at the time was Jim Finks, who had brought Kapp to Canada back in the 1959 CFL season, their head coach was Bud Grant who had faced Kapp while coaching the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Both Finks and Grant, wanted to sign Joe Kapp to replace Fran Tarkenton, traded to the New York Giants. To make this transaction possible, the BC Lions traded all-star defensive lineman Dick Fouts, future Canadian Football Hall of Fame running back Bill Symons to the Argonauts for the CFL rights to Jim Young.
They managed getting Kapp waived out of the Canadian Football League. The Minnesota Vikings managed getting Jim Young waived out of the NFL; the expansion New Orleans Saints wanted Young and it took some work from Finks to keep them from claiming Young. Young, now waived from the NFL, signed with the BC Lions and Joe Kapp, waived from the CFL, was free to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, who had claimed his NFL playing rights from the Washington Redskins. Young played from the 1967 to 1979 season with the BC Lions for 197 games as a wide receiver. Young was named a CFL All-Star at wide receiver for the 1972 season, was a two-time Western Conference All Star at two positions. Young was awarded the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award in the 1972 seasons, he gained a reputation for his hard nosed play, hence the nickname "Dirty 30". His style of play forced defensive backs to watch out for him. Young held several BC Lions team records, including most receptions, 552, most receiving yards, 9248, most receiving touchdowns, with 65.
These are now all held by Geroy Simon. He is one of only two Lions to surpass the 10,000 yard mark overall and he dominated the Lions offense for many years despite playing with 23 different quarterbacks, he saw action in five playoff seasons for B. C. and still ranks as the fifth all-time leading scorer in club history at 410 points. Young's #30 jersey is one of ten numbers retired by the Lions. Young joined the BC Lions team management after his retirement, coached the Lions on an interim basis during the 1990 CFL season for one game (a 32-13 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos. In 1991, Young was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. In 1994, he was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. In 2002, he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. In November, 2006, Young was voted to the Honour Roll of the CFL's top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN. In 2011, he was an inaugural inductee in the BC Football Hall of Fame. Jim Young at JustSportsStats.com
The BC Lions are a professional Canadian football team competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Lions play their home games at BC Place; the Lions played their first season in 1954, have played every season since. As such, they are the oldest professional sports franchise in the city of Vancouver and in the province of British Columbia, they have appeared in the league's Grey Cup championship game 10 times, winning six of those games, with their most recent championship occurring in 2011. The Lions were the first Western Canadian team to have won the Grey Cup at home, having done so in 1994 and 2011, before Saskatchewan won in 2013, while becoming the only team to beat an American-based franchise in a championship game, a feat accomplished in 1994; the Lions hold the second longest playoff streak in CFL history, making the playoffs every season from the 1997 CFL season to the 2016 CFL season, failing to make the playoffs for the first time in over 20 seasons in 2017.
Founded: 1954 Name: the team is named for the Lions, a pair of mountain peaks overlooking the team's home city of Vancouver Helmet design: black background, with an orange mountain lion's head Uniform colours: orange and black Nickname: Leos Mascot: Leo the Lion Fight song: "Roar, You Lions, Roar" composed by Dal Richards and His Orchestra Stadiums: Empire Stadium, Empire Field and BC Place Stadium Main rivals: Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders Western Division 1st place: 13—1963, 1964, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 Western Division championships: 10—1963, 1964, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2011 Grey Cup championships: 6—1964, 1985, 1994, 2000, 2006, 2011 2018 regular season record: 9 wins, 9 losses The BC Lions Football Club is owned by businessman David Braley, who purchased the club in 1997. Braley was a member of the Canadian Senate; as of 2017, the BC Lions Football Club executive committee consisted of five people: David Braley and governor Rick LeLacheur, team president Ed Hervey, general manager George Chayka, vice president of business Compared to the rest of the country, senior football arrived late in British Columbia.
Rugby unions had been organized in all of the Prairie provinces by 1907 and the Western Canada Rugby Football Union had been formed in 1911. However, it would not be until 1926 that the British Columbia Rugby Football Union was formed, not until 1930 that the BCRFU would challenge for the right to represent the West in the Grey Cup; the Vancouver Meralomas were the most successful British Columbian team of the era. They played in the Western Final in 1930 and again in 1934, only to lose on both occasions to the Regina Roughriders of the Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union; the BCRFU stopped challenging for the Grey Cup following the formation of the Western Interprovincial Football Union. After the BCRFU's collapse in 1941, the Vancouver Grizzlies joined the WIFU, they played only one season, finishing 1-7, before the WIFU suspended operations for the duration of the Second World War. The Grizzlies did not return after the war. In 1951, a group led by Ken Stauffer and Tiny Radar were inspired by Vancouver Sun columnist Andy Lytle's article to start a new football team in Vancouver that would play in the WIFU.
The ownership group sent Radar and Orville Burke to represent them at the off-season WIFU meetings to initiate Vancouver's bid for a team. Radar and Burke were told to return to the meetings the following year with a $25,000 good-faith bond if they could generate sufficient interest in the Vancouver area; the first meetings were held at the Arctic Club in November and a committee headed by Burke and Harry Spring of the Meraloma Rugby Club, set out to sell memberships at $20 each. Though Burke, Vic Spencer, John Davidson offered the good-faith bond to the WIFU in 1952, the idea of having a Vancouver team was rejected when both Winnipeg and Saskatchewan voted against the idea of a fifth team; the group in Vancouver, did not give up their efforts to have a franchise in the WIFU. On January 22, 1953, the first annual meeting of the club was held. In that meeting, Arthur E. Mercer was hired as the club's first president. In the year, Bill Morgan, Bill Ralston, Whit Matthews went back to the WlFU meetings.
This time, they sold the idea of a fifth Western team, Vancouver was granted a conditional franchise. They were required to provide a 15,000-seat stadium, sell at least 6,500 season tickets, guarantee travel expenses for the visiting teams. All the pieces began to fall into place when it was announced that Vancouver would host the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, that it would mean the building of a new stadium – Empire Stadium, which seated 32,300 people. By Easter of 1953, Annis Stukus was lured away from the Toronto Argonauts to return to the West to become the first public relations manager, general manager, head coach of the franchise. During the rest of 1953, a fan contest was held by all of the local media to pick the team's new name; the nickname was chosen because it represented a local legend of the area. The nickname of the team was based on the Lions, twin mountain peaks that can be seen toward the north of Vancouver; the twin mountain peaks name was based on legend that the mountains looked like two lions guarding the city.
Through this landmark and legend, the "Lions" nickname became the winner in the fan contest to become
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a professional Canadian football team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are members of the West Division of the Canadian Football League, they play their home games at Investors Group Field after many years of playing at the since demolished Canad Inns Stadium. The Blue Bombers were founded in 1930 as the Winnipeg Football Club, which remains the organization's legal name today. Since that time, they have won the league's Grey Cup championship 10 times, most in 1990. With 10 wins, they have the third-highest win total in the Grey Cup although they are the team with the longest Grey Cup drought; the Blue Bombers were the first team not located in Ontario or Quebec to win a championship and hold the record for most Grey Cup appearances with 24. Founded: 1930 Formerly known as: Winnipegs 1930–1937 Helmet design: Gold background, with a white "W" and blue trim Uniform colours: Blue, gold with white accents Past uniform colours: Green and white 1930 to 1932 Nicknames: Bombers and Gold, Big Blue Mascots: Buzz and Boomer Fight Song: "Bombers Victory March" Credited to T.
H Guild & J. Guild Stadium: Osborne Stadium, Canad Inns Stadium, Investors Group Field Local radio: 680 CJOB Main rivals: Saskatchewan Roughriders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a team they have played on numerous occasions for the Grey Cup, Toronto Argonauts, BC Lions, other prairie city teams the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Stampeders. Western Division 1st place: 16—1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1972 East Division 1st Place: 7—1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2011 Western Division championships: 13—1936, 1939, 1941, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1972, 1984 Eastern Division championships: 7 — 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2007, 2011 Grey Cup Championships: 10—1935, 1939, 1941, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1984, 1988, 1990 Division history: Western Football Conference, West Division, East Division, North Division, West Division, East Division, West Division, East Division, West Division 2018 regular season record: 10 wins, 8 losses, 0 ties The first football team in Winnipeg was formed in 1879, was called the Winnipeg Rugby Football Club.
On June 10, 1930, they amalgamated with all the other teams in the Manitoba Rugby Football Union to create the Winnipeg Winnipegs Rugby Football Club, adopting the colours green and white. The Winnipegs played their first game against St. John's Rugby Club on June 13, 1930, when St. John's won by a score of 7–3. In 1932, the Winnipegs and St. John's adopted the colours blue and gold. Western teams had been to the Grey Cup game 10 times since 1909, but they had always gone home empty-handed, it was clear in those days that the East was much more powerful, outscoring their opponents 236–29 in these games. On December 7, 1935, the Bombers got their first shot at winning the 23rd Grey Cup; the game was being held with the home-town Tigers being their opponents. It was a rainy day at Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association Grounds, with 6,405 fans in attendance. Winnipeg was up 5–0 before many fans had reached their seats. Hamilton player Jack Craig let the opening kickoff bounce to the turf while a Winnipeg player promptly recovered the ball at the Hamilton 15-yard line.
Winnipeg scored on a Bob Fritz pass to Bud Marquardt to get the early lead. After scoring another touchdown on a Greg Kabat catch in the endzone, Winnipeg went into halftime up 12–4, their lead was soon cut to three points in the second half after Hamilton scored a touchdown of their own, helped by a blocked kick that placed the ball on the Winnipeg 15-yard line. After a Hamilton rouge, Winnipeg's RB/KR Fritz Hanson caught a punt, after a few moves and a few missed tackles, was on his way to a 78-yard touchdown return, making the score 18–10. Hamilton would force a safety to bring themselves within six points, but failed to crack the endzone, getting as far as the Winnipeg four-yard line; the final score was Winnipeg 18, Hamilton 12. With that, Winnipeg had become the first team from Western Canada to win a Grey Cup. In 1935, before an exhibition game against North Dakota State, Winnipeg Tribune sports writer Vince Leah decided to borrow from Grantland Rice, who labelled Joe Louis as "The Brown Bomber".
He called the team the "Blue Bombers of Western football". Up to that point, the team had been called the "Winnipegs". From that day forward, the team has been known as the "Winnipeg Blue Bombers". In that same year, the Blue Bombers, Calgary Bronks, Regina Roughriders formed the Western Interprovincial Football Union as the highest level of play in Western Canada. From 1936 to 1949, the Bombers won the right to compete for the Grey Cup in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1945. Of these appearances, Winnipeg won only twice, in 1939 over the Ottawa Rough Riders and again in their 1941 rematch. Jack Jacobs, known as Indian Jack, was a Creek quarterback from Oklahoma, he came to the Bombers in 1950 after a successful career in the United States. He led the Bombers to two Grey Cup appearances, his exciting style of play and extreme talent increased ticket sales and overall awareness and popularity of the club. The revenue the Bombers were getting from their newfound popularity was enough to convince them to move from the small, outdated Osborne Stadium to the new Winnipeg Stadium.
Jacobs was so well liked, the fans referred to the new stadium as "The House that Jack Built". Jacobs retired in 1954 to bec
Canadian football is a sport played in Canada in which two teams of 12 players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards long and 65 yards wide attempting to advance a pointed oval-shaped ball into the opposing team's scoring area. In Canada, the term "football" may refer to Canadian football and American football collectively, or to either sport depending on context; the two sports have shared origins and are related but have some key differences. Rugby football in Canada originated in the early 1860s, over time, the game known as Canadian football developed. Both the Canadian Football League, the sport's top professional league, Football Canada, the governing body for amateur play, trace their roots to 1880 and the founding of the Canadian Rugby Football Union; the CFL is the most only major professional Canadian football league. Its championship game, the Grey Cup, is one of Canada's largest sporting events, attracting a broad television audience. In 2009, about 40% of Canada's population watched part of the game.
Canadian football is played at the bantam, high school, junior and semi-professional levels: the Canadian Junior Football League, formed May 8, 1974, Quebec Junior Football League are leagues for players aged 18–22, many post-secondary institutions compete in U Sports football for the Vanier Cup, senior leagues such as the Alberta Football League have grown in popularity in recent years. Great achievements in Canadian football are enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame located in Hamilton, Ontario. Other organizations across Canada perform senior league Canadian football during the summer; the first documented football match was a practice game played on November 9, 1861, at University College, University of Toronto. One of the participants in the game involving University of Toronto students was Sir William Mulock Chancellor of the school. A football club was formed at the university soon afterward, although its rules of play at this stage are unclear; the first written account of a game played was on October 1862, on the Montreal Cricket Grounds.
It was between the First Battalion Grenadier Guards and the Second Battalion Scots Fusilier Guards resulting in a win by the Grenadier Guards 3 goals, 2 rouges to nothing. In 1864, at Trinity College, Toronto, F. Barlow Cumberland, Frederick A. Bethune, Christopher Gwynn, one of the founders of Milton, devised rules based on rugby football; the game gained a following, with the Hamilton Football Club formed on November 3, 1869, Montreal formed a team April 8, 1872, Toronto was formed on October 4, 1873, the Ottawa FBC on September 20, 1876. This rugby-football soon became popular at Montreal's McGill University. McGill challenged Harvard University to a game, in 1874 using a hybrid game of English rugby devised by the University of McGill; the first attempt to establish a proper governing body and adopted the current set of Rugby rules was the Foot Ball Association of Canada, organized on March 24, 1873 followed by the Canadian Rugby Football Union founded June 12, 1880, which included teams from Ontario and Quebec.
Both the Ontario and Quebec Rugby Football Union were formed, the Interprovincial and Western Interprovincial Football Union. The CRFU reorganized into an umbrella organization forming the Canadian Rugby Union in 1891; the original forerunners to the current Canadian Football League, was established in 1956 when the IRFU and WIFU formed an umbrella organization, The Canadian Football Council. In 1958 the CFC left the CRFU to become the CFL; the Burnside rules resembling American football that were incorporated in 1903 by the ORFU, was an effort to distinguish it from a more rugby-oriented game. The Burnside Rules had teams reduced to 12 men per side, introduced the Snap-Back system, required the offensive team to gain 10 yards on three downs, eliminated the Throw-In from the sidelines, allowed only six men on the line, stated that all goals by kicking were to be worth two points and the opposition was to line up 10 yards from the defenders on all kicks; the rules were an attempt to standardize the rules throughout the country.
The CIRFU, QRFU and CRU refused to adopt the new rules at first. Forward passes were not allowed in the Canadian game until 1929, touchdowns, five points, were increased to six points in 1956, in both cases several decades after the Americans had adopted the same changes; the primary differences between the Canadian and American games stem from rule changes that the American side of the border adopted but the Canadian side did not. The Canadian field width was one rule, not based on American rules, as the Canadian game was played in wider fields and stadiums that were not as narrow as the American stadiums; the Grey Cup was established in 1909 after being donated by Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey, The Governor General of Canada as the championship of teams under the CRU for the Rugby Football Championship of Canada. An amateur competition, it became dominated by professional teams in the 1940s and early 1950s; the Ontario Rugby Football Union, the last amateur organization to compete for the trophy
The Toronto Argonauts are a professional Canadian football team competing in the East Division of the Canadian Football League. Based in Toronto, the team was founded in 1873, is the oldest existing professional sports team in North America still using its original name, they are the oldest-surviving team in both the modern-day CFL and East Division; the team's origins date back to a modified version of rugby football that emerged in North America in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The Argonauts played their home games at Rogers Centre from 1989 until 2016 when the team moved to BMO Field, the fifth stadium site to host the team; the Argonauts have appeared in the final 23 times. Most they defeated the Calgary Stampeders 27–24 in the 105th Grey Cup in 2017; the Argonauts hold the best winning percentage in the championship game and have the longest active winning streak in games in which they have appeared, at six. The Argonauts have faced every current western CFL team at least once in the Grey Cup, while their most celebrated divisional rivalry has been with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The team was owned by the Argonaut Rowing Club for its first 83 years, has been owned by a series of business interests since 1956. The Argonauts were a fixture on the Toronto sports scene for decades, with attendance peaking in the 1970s. In May 2015 it was announced that a consortium of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment's Larry Tanenbaum and Bell Canada would acquire the team; the sale included a scheduled move to MLSE run BMO Field for the 2016 season, which has long been proposed given attendance under-utilization at Rogers Centre and announced plans to install natural grass at the domed stadium, rendering it unfit for football. MLSE announced in December 2017 that it had agreed to purchase the team outright, with the deal finalized on January 19, 2018; the previous owners continue to indirectly own stakes in the Argos, as Bell Canada and the Kilmer Group hold 37.5% and 25% stakes in MLSE. Given the length of franchise history, dozens of players and management have been honoured in some form over the years.
The team recognizes a select group of players with retired numbers: early greats Joe Krol and Dick Shatto, stalwart offensive lineman Danny Nykoluk, Michael "Pinball" Clemons, the most recent face of the team. Since the team's foundation in 1873, the "Argonauts" name has been in continuous use, a record in North American professional sports; the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves franchises of Major League Baseball are older, but both teams have changed their name more than once, the Braves have changed cities. The Argonauts claim to be the oldest professional football team in North America; the claim is debatable, as the Hamilton Tigers date to 1869. The name "Argonauts" is derived from Greek mythology: according to legend and the Argonauts were a group of heroes who set out to find the Golden Fleece aboard the ship Argo sometime before the Trojan War. Given its nautical theme, the name Argonaut was adopted by a group of amateur rowers in Toronto in 1872; the Argonaut Rowing Club, which still exists today, went on to found the football club with the same name a year later.
Given their roots in a rowing squad, the team is referred to as the "boatmen" and less the "scullers". In the 19th century, the most renowned rowing teams in the world were from the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge in England; the Toronto rowers, many of whom had associations with the English schools, adopted uniforms incorporating the light blue of Cambridge and the dark blue of Oxford. In turn, the footballers adopted the colours and the phrase "double blue" would become synonymous with the team. Blue has become the traditional colour of top-level teams in Toronto; the team's other official colour is white. Its current helmet design features an Oxford blue background, with an Oxford blue and Cambridge blue round shield inscribed with a white, capital letter A. For most of the team's history, the logo featured some form of a boat incorporating a football; the first recorded game of what would become known as Canadian football was played in Toronto on November 9, 1861, featuring University of Toronto students.
The game at the time was a modified version of English rugby and it gained popularity throughout the 1860s. Rugby itself was still an infant game having evolved out of association football in the 1830s. Seeking a way to keep fit after summer, the Argonaut Rowing Club formed their own rugby-football squad on October 4, 1873; the Argonauts Football Club would play their first game against Hamilton on October 18 of that year, beginning a storied rivalry. H. T. Glazebrook served as their first head coach. Establishment of the football team was formalized by the ARC on September 17, 1874, with a subscription fee of one dollar charged per player; the football team played a handful of challenge matches—one team inviting another to play—as an amateur squad against university and city teams every year throughout the 1870s, with one dormant year in 1879 due to injuries. In 1883 the Toronto Football Club, other city teams from Ontario and university squads from Toronto, Queens University and Royal Military College formed the Ontario Rugby Football Union.
Canadian Football Hall of Fame
The Canadian Football Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit corporation, located in Hamilton, that celebrates great achievements in Canadian football. It is maintained by the Canadian Football League, it includes displays about the CFL, Canadian university football and Canadian junior football history. The Hall had a main feature in the central portion of the museum where inducted members, each with a metal bust depicting their head, were displayed prior to the physical building being closed. There were featured displays that highlight each CFL team's history, an interactive field goal kicking exhibit; the CFHOF is changing to a de-centralized model, which does not included a main museum building. Once during every CFL season, the Hall sponsors the induction ceremony of former players. Included in the "Hall of Fame Weekend" is a regular season game affiliated with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Traditionally, the inducted players will come to the Hall and make an acceptance speech in front of the building where their newly sculpted bust is unveiled.
A player must be retired from the game for at least three years before being eligible for consideration. A Hall of Fame voting committee is composed of sports writers, selected CFL executives and inducted members; the Canadian Hall of Fame opened on November 28, 1972. It is located in downtown Hamilton, beside the former Hamilton City Hall and Family Courts Building, inside the former Andrew Carnegie library on Main Street, between Bay Street and MacNab Street; the Canadian Hall of Fame was awarded to the City of Hamilton in June 1963 following the invitation of Mayor Lloyd Douglas Jackson. The Hamilton Parks Board offered a space near Civic Stadium. Ivan Miller, former sports editor of The Spectator, was named the first curator. Soon after, the Board of Education purchased the building; the Hall moved to this location in 1972 and closed on September 19, 2015. In 2015, responsibility for the museum moved from the City of Hamilton to the CFL; the old Canadian Hall of Fame building was identified by the slightly-larger-than-life metal sculpture Touchdown, featuring a successful receiver being tackled.
As of May 2018, this sculpture will be moved to Tim Hortons Field Gate 3. Tim Hortons Field will have 3 display areas - the Grey Cup display at Gate 3, the Media Hall of Fame Wing in the press box area, the main display area in the premium level concourse; the main display area will feature rotating displays of various artifacts. The displays will be accessible during Hamilton Tiger-Cats home games, as well as Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings to the public at no charge; the CFHOF is building travelling displays for different CFL team home fields, the Grey Cup, other events. * denotes deceased Jack Abendschan – player, 2012. Bob Ackles – builder, 2002.* Junior Ah You – player, 1997. Roger Aldag – player, 2002. Damon Allen – player, 2012. Kelvin Anderson – player, 2017. Tony Anselmo – builder, 2009.* Ron Atchison – player, 1978.* Len Back – builder, 1971.* Byron Bailey – player, 1975.* R. Harold Bailey – builder, 1965.* Bill Baker – player, 1994. Harold Ballard – builder, 1987.* Donald Barker – builder, 1999.* John Barrow – player, 1976.* Danny Bass – player, 2000.
Harry Batstone – player, 1963. * Greg Battle – player, 2007. Ormond Beach – player, 1963.* Al Benecick – player, 1996.* Paul Bennett – player, 2002. Sam Berger – builder, 1993.* Leroy Blugh - player, 2015. John Bonk – player, 2008. Ab Box – player, 1965.* David Braley – builder, 2012. Joe Breen – player, 1963.