Toronto Argonauts Team History
Based in Toronto, Ontario, the team was founded in 1873, and is the oldest existing professional sports team in North America still using its original name, and they are the oldest-surviving team in both the modern-day CFL and East Division. The team’s origins date back to a modified version of rugby football that emerged in North America in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The Argonauts played their home games at Rogers Centre from 1989 until 2016 when the team moved to BMO Field, the fifth stadium site to host the team.
The 71st Grey Cup was the 1983 Canadian Football League championship game played at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver between the Toronto Argonauts and hometown BC Lions. The Argos narrowly defeated the Lions 18-17, claiming their first Grey Cup victory in 31 years.
Grey Cup 1991
The 79th Grey Cup was the 1991 Canadian Football League championship game played between the Toronto Argonauts and the Calgary Stampeders at Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Argonauts defeated the Stampeders 36-21 in an entertaining game.
Grey Cup 1996
The 84th Grey Cup, also known as The Snow Bowl, was the 1996 Grey Cup Canadian Football League championship game played between the Toronto Argonauts and the Edmonton Eskimos at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario. The Argonauts won the game by a score of 43-37 in controversial fashion.
Grey Cup 1997
The 85th Grey Cup (Canadian Football League championship) was held in 1997 in Edmonton before 60,431 fans. The heavily favored Toronto Argonauts won the game over the Saskatchewan Roughriders with a score of 47-23.
Grey Cup 2004
The 92nd Grey Cup game took place on November 21, 2004, at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario. The game decided the championship of the 2004 Canadian Football League season. The Toronto Argonauts defeated the BC Lions 27-19.
This is the first Grey Cup game to be played on the next-generation FieldTurf surface.
Grey Cup 2012
The 100th Grey Cup was a Canadian football game between the East Division champion Toronto Argonauts and the West Division champion Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League to decide the Grey Cup champions of the 2012 season.
The game took place on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. This was the fourth (and last) Grey Cup game played at Rogers Centre (by the next Grey Cup game that Toronto hosted in 2016, it was played at BMO Field), and the 46th in the city of Toronto.
The Argonauts defeated the Stampeders 35–22 to win their sixteenth Grey Cup title.
This was the third meeting between Calgary and Toronto for the Grey Cup championship and the first since the 79th Grey Cup in 1991. This was also the second consecutive year that the Grey Cup game involved, and was won by, the team from the host city. The result of the game also meant that Argonauts owner David Braley became the first team owner to win back-to-back Grey Cups with two different teams; Braley also owned the 2011 champions, the BC Lions (Braley has since sold the Toronto Argonauts). Over 5.8 million viewers watched the game, with roughly 5.5 million originating from English Canada, making the game the most-watched Grey Cup ever recorded on English-language television.
Following the game, Toronto running back Chad Kackert was named the Most Valuable Player. His teammate, defensive end Ricky Foley received the Dick Suderman Trophy as the Most Valuable Canadian.
Grey Cup 2017
The 105th Grey Cup was played on November 26, 2017 between the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario.
In a re-match of the 100th Grey Cup, the Argos won the game 27–24, winning their 17th championship.
The Toronto Argonauts are a professional Canadian football team competing in the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Based in Toronto, Ontario, the team was founded in 1873, and is the oldest existing professional sports team in North America still using its original name, and they are the oldest-surviving team in both the modern-day CFL and East Division.
1958 – Present / Canadian Football League
1873 - Present / Toronto Argonauts
Argonauts - The Toronto Argonaut Football club was formed by the Toronto Argonaut Rowing Club in 1873. The rowing club naturally selected the maritime nickname Argonauts after the Greek band of heroes who accompanied Jason in his quest to find the Golden Fleece. That nickname followed to the football club who have retained it to become the oldest professional sports club with its original name. The Argos slogan “Pull Together” was used on their logo until the late 1960's and works in a football sense as well as the obvious rowing connotation.
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2017, 2012, 2004, 1997, 1996, 1991, 1983, 1952, 1950, 1947, 1946, 1945, 1938, 1937, 1933, 1921, 1914
2016 - Present / BMO Field
1989 - 2015 / Rogers Centre
1959 - 1988 / Exhibition Stadium
1916 - 1958 / Varsity Stadium
1898–1907 / Varsity Athletic Grounds
1874–1897, 1908–1915 / Rosedale Field
2018 - Present / Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
2015 - 2018 / BCE/Kilmer Group
2010 - 2015 / David Braley
2003 - 2010 / Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon
2003 / Canadian Football League
1999 - 2003 / Sherwood Schwarz
1995 - 1999 / Labatt Bewery of Canada
1994 - 1995 / TSN Enterprises
1991 - 1994 / Bruce McNall, John Candy, Wayne Gretzky
1988 - 1991 / Harry Ornest, Carling O'Keefe, Carling O'Keefe Ltd.
1979 - 1988 / Carling O'Keefe Ltd.
1976 - 1979 / Bill Hodgson and Carling O'Keefe Ltd.
1974 - 1976 / Bill Hodgson
1971 - 1974 / Baton Broadcasting Ltd. and Others
1960 - 1971 / John Bassett, Charlie Burns and Len Lumbers
1956 - 1960 / John Bassett, Charlie Burns and Eric Cradock
1873 - 1956 / Community - Widely Held
Who is the greatest Toronto Argonauts?
22 Dick Shatto
31 Michael "Pinball" Clemons
55 Joe Krol
60 Danny Nykoluk
2003 - Present / Jason
2003 / Scully
*Blue is this team’s history