Hamilton Tiger-Cats Team History
The Tigers and Wildcats amalgamated in 1950 to form the Hamilton Tiger-Cats that would compete in the IRFU. Under the guidance of prominent and distinguished local leaders such as Ralph “Super-Duper” Cooper and F.M. Gibson, it was decided that the two teams should merge as one that would represent Hamilton. Cooper was named team president and Carl Voyles served as head coach and general manager. A contest was held among the fans to determine the colors for the newly formed football club; the result was a combination of the two clubs’ colors: yellow, black, red, white and blue. Over the years, the colors have evolved to gold, black and white and remain to this day. In 1950, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats began playing in Ivor Wynne Stadium, until 2012 after which it was demolished and replaced with a new stadium on the same site, Tim Hortons Field, in 2014.
Grey Cup 1953
The 41st Grey Cup game was the Canadian Football Championship in 1953. Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12-6 at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium in a game which ended on a controversial pass incompletion.
Grey Cup 1957
The 45th Grey Cup was the Canadian Football Council’s (CFC) championship game of the 1957 season, which was played on November 30, 1957. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 32–7 at Varsity Stadium in Toronto.
This was the first Grey Cup game to be covered on coast-to-coast television.
The game is famous for a play in which Hamilton defensive back Ray Bawel intercepted a Winnipeg pass and raced unopposed for an apparent touchdown. As he passed the Winnipeg bench, however, Dave Humphrey, a Toronto fan who was standing in front of the Winnipeg bench, put his foot out and tripped Bawel. After the officials huddled together for a while to discuss the situation not covered by the rulebook, referee Paul Dojack assessed a penalty of half the distance to the goal line as a sort of compromise. As it turned out, the incident had little effect as Hamilton scored on the ensuing drive and the game ended in a 32–7 rout for Hamilton.
Grey Cup 1963
The 51st Grey Cup took place on November 30, 1963, at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, and decided the Canadian Football League (CFL) champion for the 1963 season. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the BC Lions 21-10, in front of 36,545 spectators. The game is best remembered for a controversial sequence involving American players Angelo Mosca and Willie Fleming. Mosca was accused of kicking Fleming’s head while the latter laid on the field. Fleming would leave the game, leading to a long-standing grudge between alumni of both teams.
Grey Cup 1965
The 53rd Grey Cup, also known as the Wind Bowl, was hosted at CNE Stadium in Toronto on November 27, 1965. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22-16.
Grey Cup 1967
The 55th Grey Cup was played between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders on December 2, 1967, at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, before 31,358 fans and was won by the Tiger-Cats by a score of 24 to 1.
Grey Cup 1972
The 60th Grey Cup was played on December 3, 1972, before 33,993 fans at the Ivor Wynne Stadium at Hamilton. It was the last Grey Cup to be played in December. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 13-10.
Grey Cup 1986
The 74th Grey Cup was the 1986 Canadian Football League championship game that was played at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Edmonton Eskimos. The Tiger-Cats unexpectedly dominated the Eskimos 39-15.
Grey Cup 1999
The 87th Grey Cup (Canadian Football League championship) was held in 1999 in Vancouver. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats won the game 32–21 over the Calgary Stampeders in a rematch of the previous year’s 86th Grey Cup.Image courtesy of BingRingBling
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are a professional Canadian football team based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. They are currently members of the East Division of the Canadian Football League.
1958 – Present / Canadian Football League
1950 - Present / Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Tiger-Cats - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats originated when the Hamilton Tigers and Hamilton Wildcats merged in 1950, forming the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Tiger-Cats is correctly spelled with a hyphen and capital letter "C."
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1999, 1986, 1972, 1967, 1965, 1963, 1957, 1953
2014 - Present / Tim Hortons Field
2014 / Ron Joyce Stadium
2013 / Alumni Stadium
1950 - 2012 / Ivor Wynne Stadium
2003 - Present / Bob Young
2003 / Canadian Football League
1995 - 2003 / David MacDonald and Tommy Grant
1993 - 1995 / Roger Yachetti, John Michaluk, David McDonald and Others
1992 - 1993 / Roger Yachetti and John Michaluk
1989 - 1992 / David Braley
1978 - 1989 / Maple Leaf Gardens
1974 - 1978 / Michael DeGroote
1960 - 1974 / Unknown
1950 - 1974 / Community - Widely Held
Who is the greatest Hamilton Tiger-Cats?
10 Bernie Faloney
68 Angelo Mosca
Present / T.C. and Stripes
*Blue is this team’s history