Soon after the expansion effort failed, an entrepreneur and former Washington Redskins assistant Jim Speros was granted a CFL expansion franchise for Baltimore that would play in Memorial Stadium, the Colts’ old home. Attempting to capitalize on the city’s love for its long-lost Baltimore Colts, Speros adopted a color scheme that added silver to the Baltimore Colts’ traditional colors of ...
Despite the changes to their name and team re-alignment, the Stallions returned with virtually the same roster for their next season. The exception was the signing of former Posse kicker Carlos Huerta to replace Igwebuike, who moved on to play with Memphis. With essentially the same team from the 1994 season, optimism and Grey Cup expectations were high for the ...
After the 1995 season, the CFL decided to disband three of its five American franchises and return to its traditional East-West divisional alignment for the 1996 season. The two remaining American teams, Baltimore and San Antonio were to be placed in the CFL’s East Division. However, this strategy collapsed just a week before the Grey Cup, when longtime Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced ...
History of the Stallions
The Baltimore Stallions were a Canadian Football League (CFL) team that played in Baltimore, Maryland, from 1994 to 1995. Jim Speros founded the team, and it was one of the most successful CFL franchises during its brief existence. During their two-year run, they won two Grey Cup championships and compiled an impressive overall record of 33 wins, 11 losses, and 2 ties.
The Stallions had several star players on their roster, including quarterback Tracy Ham who led them to both Grey Cup victories in 1995 and 1996, respectively; running back Mike Pringle, who set numerous records for rushing yards over his career; defensive end Elfrid Payton who earned Defensive Player of the Year honors twice during his tenure with the franchise; wide receiver Chris Armstrong whose acrobatic catches made him a fan favorite throughout Canada; as well as many other talented athletes from across North America.
Though they existed for only two seasons, it is clear that the Baltimore Stallions left an indelible mark on professional football history in both Canada and beyond. Their success inspired countless fans to follow football north of the border while providing hope for teams such as Montreal Alouettes, who would later win multiple championship titles after relocating from Baltimore following its disbandment at the conclusion 1996 season. For sports fans everywhere looking back fondly at this golden era, CFL will never forget the impactful legacy left behind by the legendary Baltimore Stallions organization.
1994 - 1995 / Canadian Football League
1994 - 1995 / Baltimore Stallions
Stallions - The Baltimore Stallions are a beloved Canadian Football League team that has been around since 1994. Fans of the team know the name is derived from an old racing horse, but few ever stop to consider where exactly it came from. The truth is, there’s more to this nickname than meets the eye!
It all began in 1992 when owner Jim Speros wanted to create a professional football club for his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. He had initially planned on using “Baltimore Colts” as his chosen moniker; however, due to legal issues with another NFL franchise (the Indianapolis Colts), he was forced into finding something else instead. After much deliberation and research, he finally settled on “Stallions,” – which was inspired by one of America's most famous racehorses at that time: Secretariat (or "Big Red" as some called him).
Secretariat won 16 out of 17 races during 1973 - including three Triple Crown titles - making him one of history's greatest equine athletes and thus inspiring Mr. Speros' choice for naming his new football team after such an iconic figure in sports history!
In addition to its unique origin story behind its name selection process, what makes this particular CFL squad so special is its unwavering commitment towards excellence both on-and-off field each season they compete in Canada's top league competition year after year. They have consistently maintained high levels of success throughout their tenure within CFL ranks, which speaks volumes about how passionate they are about providing quality entertainment experiences for fans everywhere who support them loyally every step along the way!
Grey Cup 1
1994 - 1995 / Memorial Stadium
1994 - 1995 / Jim Speros
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