CFL in History

American Football Leagues: AAFC - AFL - NFL - NFL Europe

Events in Sport

  • 1873-10-04 Toronto Argonauts Football Club (CFL) forms as Argonaut Rowing Club rugby-football squad; oldest existing pro sports team in North America still using original name
  • 1883-01-04 Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms
  • 1910-10-01 Regina Rugby Club (to become CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders) plays first game, losing to Moose Jaw Tigers, 16-6
  • 1910-10-29 Ben Simpson of Hamilton Tigers kicks CFL record 11 singles in a game
  • 1950-08-12 First international game by an NFL team, New York Giants beat CFL's Ottawa Roughriders, 20-6 at Ottawa's Lansdowne Stadium
  • 1951-08-11 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 38-6 in Ottawa
  • 1954-08-11 BC Lions plays its 1st CFL game, they lose to Montreal Alouettes, 22-0
  • 1959-08-05 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL), 55-26 in a pre-season exhibition at CNE Stadium in Toronto
  • 1960-08-03 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in exhibition game at CNE Stadium in Toronto
  • 1960-08-15 CFL's Calgary Stampeders move into McMahon Stadium
  • 1960-10-10 Ron Stewart of Ottawa rushes for CFL-record 287 yards
  • 1961-08-02 St Louis Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in an exhibition game in Toronto, Canada
  • 1961-08-05 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Montreal Alouettes (CFL), 34-16 in a pre-season exhibition at Molson Stadium in Montreal
  • 1961-08-08 Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1967-02-23 Ted Workman replaces Senator Keith Davey as CFL commissioner
  • 1977-09-24 Ken Hinton of CFL British Columbia Lions returns a punt 130 yards

  • 1984-06-01 Douglas H Mitchell, QC of Calgary becomes 6th CFL Commissioner
  • 1986-09-14 Saskatchewan & Hamilton play 1st CFL regular-season overtime game
  • 1987-06-24 CFL's Montreal Alouettes fold
  • 1987-09-06 Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks a CFL-record 60-yard field goal
  • 1987-10-04 Winnipeg CFL defensive back James Jefferson scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception; scores both on laterals in Blue Bombers' 47-14 win v Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • 1988-09-05 CFL's Earl Winfield (Ham) scores TDs on 101-yd punt return, 100-yd kickoff return & 58-yd pass reception
  • 1989-02-24 Harold E Ballard sells CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats to David Braley
  • 1990-01-05 J Donald Crump appointed 8th Commissioner of CFL
  • 1990-09-01 Toronto Argonauts beat BC Lions 68-43 at the Skydome in Toronto for the highest combined score (111) in Canadian Football League history

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1991-02-25 Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
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Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • 1991-07-26 CFL assumes ownership of Ottawa Rough Riders
  • 1991-10-12 Doug Flutie of BC Lions sets CFL passing record of 582 yards despite losing to Edmonton Eskimos, 45-38 in overtime
  • 1991-10-19 Lonnie Glieberman purchased Ottawa Rough Riders from CFL
  • 1991-10-24 Larry Ryckman purchases CFL Calgary Stampeders
  • 1991-12-31 J Donald Crump resigned as CFL Commissioner
  • 1992-02-27 Larry Smith named 9th Commissioner of the CFL
  • 1992-08-27 CFL revokes BC Lions franchise
  • 1992-09-23 Bill Comrie purchases BC Lions from CFL
  • 1993-02-23 Sacramento Gold Miners admitted as CFL's 9th franchise (1st US team)
  • 1994-02-18 Shreveport Pirates join Canadian Football League as 4th US-based team; fold 1995
  • 1994-07-06 CFL American expansion Shreveport Pirates lose game, 40-10 at the Ottawa Rough Riders; fold 1995
  • 1994-07-16 Shreveport Pirates lose first CFL home game, 35-34 to the Toronto Argonauts at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1995-01-11 Birmingham Barracudas (based in Alabama) granted CFL franchise, experiment only lasts one season
  • 1995-01-28 Memphis Mad Dogs granted CFL's 13th franchise
  • 1995-02-21 CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners become San Antonio Texans
  • 1995-06-29 Memphis Mad Dogs 1st CFL game (vs Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1995-07-04 Birmingham Barracudas (based in Alabama) play 1st CFL game beating Winnipeg 38-10 but failed experiment only lasts one season
  • 2006-09-04 Damon Allen moves past ex-CFL & NFL star Warren Moon as pro football's all-time leading passer; throws for 207 yards & 2 scores as Toronto routs Hamilton, 40-6; Allen 70,595 career passing yards

Birthdays in Sport

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  • 1923-02-10 Allie Sherman, American NFL coach (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1953-56 CFL; New York Giants 1961–68), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1927-05-20 [Harold] Bud Grant, Wisc, CFL/NFL player and coach (Winnipeg, Minnesota)
  • 1935-05-25 Cookie Gilchrist, American football fullback (AFL All Star 1962-65; AFL MVP 1962; CFL All Star 1956-60), born in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1937-11-27 Marvin Luster, American CFL Hall of Fame defensive back (6 x CFL All Star; Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1939-06-22 Don Matthews, American football coach in the CFL
  • 1943-01-04 Tom Wilkinson, CFL QB (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1945-10-17 Dave Cutler, CFL place kicker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1948-07-13 Don Sweet, CFL, NFL place kicker (Montreal, Green Bay), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1951-06-15 Tom Forzani, CFL wide receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1951-09-24 Terry Metcalf, American NFL, CFL running back (St Louis, Toronto), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1951-10-12 Bernie Ruoff, CFL kicker (Winnipeg, Hamilton), born in West Germany
  • 1954-01-25 Condredge Holloway, American CFL quarterback (Ottawa, Toronto), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1954-04-24 Vince Ferragamo, American football quarterback (LA Rams, Montreal Alouettes), born in Torrance, California
  • 1954-06-07 Lui Passaglia, CFL place kicker (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1954-07-18 Robert Cameron, CFL punter (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1956-03-27 Brian Kelly, American CFL wide receiver (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Arcadia, California
  • 1959-06-04 Rod Connop, Canadian CFL corner (Edmonton Eskimos), born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1959-09-17 Hank Ilesic, Canadian CFL punter and place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1960-09-22 Victor Stevenson, CFL tackle (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1960-11-30 Dan Rashovich, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1961-07-21 Don Wilson, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1961-08-06 Earl Winfield, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1961-11-02 Jim Tedford, American football coach (Fresno State; BC Lions [CFL]), born in Lynwood, California
  • 1961-12-12 Dale Sanderson, CFL guard (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • 1962-05-08 Terry Baker, CFL kicker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1962-05-31 Henry Williams, CFL receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1962-10-23 Doug Flutie, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1984, Boston College; Grey Cup MVP 1992, 96, 97; Pro Bowl 1998, Buffalo Bills), born in Manchester, Maryland
  • 1963-01-23 Rocco Romano, Canadian CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders), born in Hamilton, Canada
  • 1963-06-28 Allen Pitts, CFL slot back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1963-07-29 Damon Allen, CFL quarterback (BC Lions)
  • 1964-01-05 Tracy Ham, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1964-02-21 Willie Pless, American CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • 1964-04-14 Greg Battle, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1964-04-27 Paul Osbaldiston, CFL kicker (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Oldham, England
  • 1964-08-06 Robert Mimbs, CFL running back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1964-08-26 Bobby Jurasin, CFL defensive end (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1964-11-18 Mike Withycombe, CFL corner (BC Lions)
  • 1964-11-22 Pierre Vercheval, CFL guard (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1964-12-06 Will Johnson, CFL defensive end (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1965-01-15 Michael Clemons, American CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts), born in Dunedin, Florida
  • 1965-02-08 Lee Knight, CFL full back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1965-02-26 Donald Narcisse, American CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Port Arthur, Texas
  • 1965-03-10 Paul Masotti, CFL receiver (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1965-04-04 Tony Burse, American football running back (Edmonton Eskimos), born in LaFayette, Georgia
  • 1965-06-17 Danny McManus, CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1965-07-17 Ken Evraire, Canadian CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1965-07-18 Robert Holland, CFL defensive back (BC Lions)
  • 1965-07-22 Alondra Johnson, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1965-08-13 Leo Groenewegen, CFL guard (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1965-10-26 Mark McLoughlin, CFL kicker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1965-11-20 Andrew Stewart, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1965-12-16 Moe Elewonibi, NFL/CFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, BC Lions)
  • 1966-01-31 Jamie Taras, Canadian football player (BC Lions), born in Acton, Ontario
  • 1966-03-05 Greg Clark, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1966-03-20 Giulio Caravatta, CFL quarterback (BC Lions)
  • 1966-04-23 Wayne Drinkwalter, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • 1966-05-14 Leroy Blugh, CFL defensive end (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1966-06-07 Dan Payne, Canadian football tackle (Grey Cup: Saskatchewan Roughriders 1989; Toronto Argonauts 1996, 97; B.C. Lions 2000), born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1966-06-09 Anthony Martino, CFL punter (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1966-06-22 Paul Randolph, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1966-07-12 Peter Shorts, CFL tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1966-07-15 Rickey Foggie, CFL quarterback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1966-08-01 Darryl Hall, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), born in Oscoda, Michigan
  • 1966-08-12 Bruce Covernton, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1966-08-30 John Terry, Canadian CFL tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Greenwood, North Carolina
  • 1966-09-17 Fred Childress, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1966-09-19 Michael Campbell, CFL defensive tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in North York, Ontario
  • 1966-10-16 Donovan Right, CFL linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1966-11-08 Michael Soles, CFL fullback (Montreal Alouettes), born in Pointe-Claire, Canada
  • 1966-11-09 Virgil Robertson, CFL defensive end (BC Lions), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966-11-14 Carl Coulter, CFL corner (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1966-11-14 Rod Harris, CFL slot back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1966-11-18 Darren Flutie, American CFL wide receiver (Grey Cup 1994, 99; CFL All-Star 1996, 97, 99; Edmonton Eskimos, Hamilton Tiger-Cats), born in Manchester, Maryland
  • 1966-12-01 Steve Walsh, American NFL quarterback and CFL coach (Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Toronto Argonauts), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1966-12-19 Courtney Griffin, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1967-03-08 Dale Joseph, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1967-03-09 Michael Kiselak, American football player, CFL corner (Toronto Argonauts), born in North Tarrytown, New York
  • 1967-03-12 Irvin Smith, CFL cornerback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1967-03-21 Troy Westwood, CFL kicker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1967-05-04 Derek MacCready, CFL defensive tackle (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1967-06-21 Robert Drummond, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1967-07-07 Alfred Jackson, American CFL receiver (BC Lions), born in Caldwell, Texas
  • 1967-07-14 Glen Scrivener, CFL defensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1967-08-06 Willie Williams, NFL/CFL tackle (Toronto Argonauts, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1967-08-28 Chris Armstrong, CFL slot back (Montreal Alouettes), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1967-10-01 Mike Pringle, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame running back (CFL MOP 1995, 98; Montreal Alouettes), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967-10-11 Bruce Dickson, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1967-10-23 Michael Philbrick, CFL defensive tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1967-11-10 Jed Roberts, Canadian CFL defensive tackle (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1967-11-27 Brett MacNeil, CFL guard (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1967-12-15 Chris Gioskos, CFL tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1968-02-01 Sean Millington, Canadian football fullback (Grey Cup 1994, 2000; BC Lions) and broadcaster (cfl.ca and CBC), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-02-02 Ventson Donelson, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1968-02-08 Ron Goetz, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1968-02-20 Bennie Goods, CFL defensive tackle (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1968-03-23 Curtis Mayfield, Canadian CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders 1996-99), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1968-03-23 David Maeva, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1968-03-25 Errol Martin, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1968-03-26 Mike Trevathan, CFL slot back (BC Lions)
  • 1968-04-12 Neal Fort, American football tackle (Montreal Alouettes), born in Warner Robins, Georgia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1968-02-22 Omer CFL Tulippe, Belgian geographer, dies at 71
  • 2011-01-10 Cookie Gilchrist, American football fullback (AFL All Star 1962-65; AFL MVP 1962; CFL All Star 1956-60), dies of chronic traumatic encephalopathy at 75
  • 2015-01-03 Allie Sherman, American NFL coach (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1953-56 CFL; New York Giants 1961–68), dies at 91
  • 2020-05-25 Marvin Luster, American CFL Hall of Fame defensive back (6 x CFL All Star; Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes), dies at 82