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Varsity Baseball Club 1887

via University of Toronto Archives.

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University of Toronto Women's Varsity Hockey Team c. 1910

via University of Toronto Archives.

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The oddest rule in #CIS football history was the requirement for the kicker to be kicked over the goal post.

University of Toronto Archives (WFM 065-1) Oct 1949

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The 1927 University of New Brunswick Championship winning team. The coach made the players shave their heads as close to the scalp as possible and had them line up and stay rigged before each match. Most opponents were freaked out and quit before playing.

(It is actually a window display of dolls from Jas S Neill and Sons celebrating UNBs win of the MacTier Cup. )

via UNB Archives UA PC-12 NO-14

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A small gathering of important figures Roger Nelson, Russ Jackson, Johnny Bright and Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. Only the Prime Minister is not in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

From the 1960 Grey Cup. Source unknown.
#CFL #RoughRiders #Eskimos

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Great Cup Champions - Johnny Bright, Moses I Lieberman (President), Normie Kwong and Jackie Parker.

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Johnny Bright had an amazing 13 year career in the #CFL for the Edmonton #Eskimos and Calgary #Stampeders. He set a number of league records and many of his team records are still held today. In 1959 he was named the CFL Most Outstanding Player, the first African-American to be given that honour. He is a member of both the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame.

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Frederick Douglass "Fritz" Pollard was the first African-American head coach AND many suggest first Quarter Back to play in the #NFL. He coached the Akron (OH) Pros of the American Professional Football Association, which would form the basis of the NFL. He is a member of the (US) Professional Football Hall of Fame.

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Sept 29, 1956 former Actress turned kicker for the Ottawa Rough Riders kicks the rare 10 point Shoe Goal. (The kicker, wearing a skirt, must kick the football and their shoe over the uprights from beyond the 35 yard line). Her kicking prowess lead the Riders to a 44-32 victory over the #Argos. #CFL

via The Montreal Gazette Oct 2, 1956

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1972 Chuck Ealey became the first African-American in pro-football to QB his team in a championship game. He lead the #Ticats to victory over the #RoughRiders 13-10. He was voted MVP of the game and was later named Rookie of the Year.

He played for #Ticats #Bombers and #Argos during his 7 year #CFL career.

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In 1951, Bernie Custis became the first African-American QB in North American since the 1920s. He was the first African-American Pro QB in the #CFL, playing for the Hamilton #TigerCats. Due to a new head coach (more likely racism), Custis was moved from QB to RB, where he continued to excel.

After football, Custis became an educator and a highly successful Junior, College and University Coach. In 1988, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

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Jim Chambers was the first African-American to play for the Edmonton #Eskimos. He was a graduate of the Westmount Junior Football Program. In 1946 & 48 he tried out for Montreal, but failed to make the roster both times. #CFL

In 1954, with the emergence of Rollie Miles, Chambers left Edmonton to join BC for their first season.

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Local Calgary #Stampeder fans quickly establish the first Calgary Transit System just in time for the 63rd Grey Cup. #CFL

Via Glenbow Museum (NA-5600-7126c)

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In 1951 Rollie Miles became the first African-American to play for the Edmonton #Eskmos. He had come to Canada to play baseball for the Regina Caps, but was convinced by Annis Stukus to play for Edmonton.

Miles along with Parker and Kwong formed the nucleus of the Eskimo Grey Cup Dynasty.

(Photo via Mike Knutsen)

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Steve Hatfield was the first African-American to play for the Ottawa Roughriders in 1951. He had played in the 1950 exhibition game between the Giants and Ottawa, scoring 2 TDs. The next near he signed with Ottawa. He lasted only 1 year before signing with the Chicago Cardinals. injuries forced him to retire before the start of the season.

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1950 Ulysses "Crazy Legs" Curtis was the first #African-American to join the Toronto #Argos. He won 2 Grey Cups, the 1950 Mud Bowl and 1952 Grey Cup.

Curtis is one of the only Argos to ever have over 200 yards rushing the ball. In 2005 he was selected to be an All Time Argo.

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Charles Follis was the first African-American to be paid for playing football in North America. He began with the Shelby Blues in 1902 and was paid in 1904. In addition to being an outstanding football player, Follis was an outstanding baseball player.

One of his teammates in Shelby was Branch Rickey, who would later become an executive with the Dodgers. Rickey was the man who signed Jackie Robinson to his first contract.

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Doctor Tom "Citation" Casey was the first African-American to play for the Hamilton WildCats, first African-American to be elected to the and second African-American to sign with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In addition to being in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Dr Casey is also a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

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Woody Strode as The Grand Mogul, Henchman of Marsha, Queen of Diamonds from the Batman TV show. #CFL #BlackHistory

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1948 Grey Cup - Calgary vs Ottawa. Pete Thodos scoring with #42 Woody Strode & #5 Harry Hood in picture.

via R ungarian at Fanbase

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