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Strode, Robinson, Washington during their UCLA days.

During a time when African-Americans were excluded from most major university programs, UCLA had three notable players in their backfield. Woody Strode and Kenny Washington would go on to sign with the LA Rams, the first Blacks in the NFL since the informal ban in the 30s. Jackie Robinson would go on and break the colour barrier in baseball.

After playing with LA, Strode would move to Calgary for 2 years before retiring due to injuries. He would become a successful wrestler and actor.

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Gabe Patterson, in 1947 became the first African-American to play professionally for the Saskatchewan RoughRiders. He played for 2 seasons for the RoughRiders, earning all-star selections for both seasons.

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Herb Trawick was the first African-American to play professional football in Canada. He signed with the Montreal Alouettes in 1946.

He was not the first African-American to play professional football in North America, as Charles Follis played with the Shelby Blues from 1902-1906.

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Robert "Stonewall" Jackson was a porter who worked in Regina & played for the Regina RoughRiders in 1930. He would be the last (documented) senior level African-American player until 1946 #CFL

Thanks to Mike Knusten for the scan of Jackson from the book - Saskatchewan Roughriders : First 100 Years by Robert Staseson

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During the 1962 Waterloo College (now Wilfrid Laurier University) vs University of Waterloo game, police had to come in to separate rowdy female fans from both teams.

Wilfrid Laurier University Archives u57-993

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1903 Football game at Cape Fullerton, Nunavut. (It is possible they are playing soccer, but we like to think it is soccer). Canadian Archives MIKA 3406612

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Ladies and Gentlemen, your 1934 University of Saskatchewan Marching Band. Please note, they have installed chicken wire to prevent the band members from being hit by flying beer bottles and other projectiles. (University of Saskatchewan archives file A-10920)

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The 1908 #UWO football team. The team was started by the University's medical students. (absent from photo (photo via JP Metras Sports Museum)

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Program from the 1923 #Argos vs 3rd Army game from Yankee Stadium. Featured are Argo Captain Cap Fear and 3rd Army Captain Knight.

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1923 - Toronto Argos vs The Third Army (Maryland). Toronto's Dunc Munro with the ball.

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We know sex sells, so for your considerations the contestants for Miss Grey Cup 1960 (via The Vancouver Public Library accession number 44013)

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1956 Eskimos vs Alouettes at Varsity Stadium. This was the last of the 3 Grey Cups in a row for Edmonton and Montreal. Edmonton won each of the 3 meetings.

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1956 Eskimos vs Alouettes at Varsity Stadium. Via the Edmonton City Archives. Please check the archives for more photos from this and other games. #CFL

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1956 Eskimos vs Alouettes at Varsity Stadium. 44th Grey Cup. #CFL

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1956 Eskimos vs Alouettes at Varsity Stadium. The Eskimos destroyed the Als 50 to 27. From the Edmonton City Archives

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1956 Grey Cup. Rollie Miles with ball, Normie Kwong (on ground) and Johnny Bright (84) in background. From Edmonton City Archives EA-780-48

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The 1897 Ottawa College Football team. Ottawa College's Halfback Smith was kicked while on the ground by Ottawa City's wing back Walters, which lead to Walters being kicked out of the game and caused him to assault both the Referee and Umpire. The QRFU kicked both Walter and the City team out of the league.

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Here they are, the Dapper Dans of the QRFU, the 1885 McGill 15.

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They finished second in the QRFU in 1884, but first in your hearts - McGill University

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It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Bears were going to beat the Als in the exhibition game. (From the Montreal Gazette? Aug 4, 1961)

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