1959 CFL season

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1959 CFL season
Regular season
DurationJune – October, 1959
Playoffs
Start dateNovember 4, 1959
East Champions Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1959-11-21
West Champions Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1959-11-14
47th Grey Cup
DateNovember 28, 1959
Site Exhibition Stadium, Toronto
ChampionsWinnipeg Blue Bombers
  1958 CFL seasons 1960  

The 1959 CFL season was the sixth season in modern Canadian professional football, although officially it was the second season of the Canadian Football League. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers played the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the third straight time in the Grey Cup final. The Bombers won the rubber match in a defensive showdown. [1]

Canadian Football League Professional Canadian football league

The Canadian Football League is a professional sports league in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football. The league consists of nine teams, each located in a city in Canada. They are divided into two divisions: four teams in the East Division and five teams in the West Division.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Canadian Football Team

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a professional Canadian football team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are currently members of the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). They play their home games at IG Field after many years of playing at the since demolished Canad Inns Stadium.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Canadian Football League team from Hamilton, Ontario

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 (CFL). The Tiger-Cats play their home games at Tim Hortons Field. They were founded in 1869 as the Hamilton Football Club. In 1950, the Tigers merged with cross-town upstart Hamilton Wildcats and adopted the nickname "Tiger-Cats".

Contents

Regular season

Final regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

Western Interprovincial Football Union
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16124041827224
Edmonton Eskimos 16106037022120
BC Lions 1697030630118
Calgary Stampeders 1688035630116
Saskatchewan Roughriders 1611502125672
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 14104029816220
Ottawa Rough Riders 1486027521716
Montreal Alouettes 1468019330512
Toronto Argonauts 1441001922748
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Winnipeg and Hamilton both have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1959

Semi-finals

Western Semi-Finals
Edmonton Eskimos vs BC Lions
GameDateAwayHome
1November 4? Edmonton Eskimos 20 BC Lions 8
2November 7? BC Lions 7 Edmonton Eskimos 41
Edmonton won the total-point series 61–15
Eastern Semi-Finals
Montreal Alouettes @ Ottawa Rough Riders
DateAwayHome
November 7 Montreal Alouettes 0 Ottawa Rough Riders 43

Finals

Western Finals
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Edmonton Eskimos
GameDateAwayHome
1November 11 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19 Edmonton Eskimos 11
2November 14 Edmonton Eskimos 8 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16
Winnipeg wins the best of three series 2–0
Eastern Finals
Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Ottawa Rough Riders
GameDateAwayHome
1November 14 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 5 Ottawa Rough Riders 17
2November 21 Ottawa Rough Riders 7 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 21
Hamilton won the total-point series by 26–24

Playoff bracket

 Semifinals  Finals   47th Grey Cup
              
 East  E1 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 26
(5+21)
 
 E2 Ottawa Rough Riders 43  E2 Ottawa Rough Riders 24
(17+7)
  
 E3 Montreal Alouettes 0    E1 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7
   W1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 21
 West  W1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2
(19,16)
  
 W2 Edmonton Eskimos 61
(20+41)
  W2 Edmonton Eskimos 0
(11,8)
 
 W3 BC Lions 15
(8+7)
 

[2]

Grey Cup Championship

November 28

47th Annual Grey Cup Game: Exhibition StadiumToronto, Ontario

Western ChampionsEastern Champions
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 21 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the 1959 Grey Cup Champions

CFL Leaders

1959 Eastern All-Stars

Offence

Bernie Faloney American football player

Bernie Faloney was a professional football player in the Canadian Football League and an outstanding American college football player at the University of Maryland. Born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, Faloney is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the Western Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, and the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame. Faloney's jersey #10 was retired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1999. In 2005, Faloney was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. In 2006, Faloney was voted to the Honour Roll of the CFL's Top 50 Players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.

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Dave Thelen Player of American and Canadian football

David Thelen is a former Canadian Football League running back for the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Toronto Argonauts. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Defence

Charles Kaye Vaughan is a former professional football player, a lineman with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League for twelve seasons. He won the CFL's Outstanding Lineman Award in 1956 and 1957 and is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

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Douglas Stewart McNichol was a professional Canadian football player with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes and the Toronto Argonauts. After playing college football at the University of Western Ontario, McNichol was drafted first overall by the Alouettes in the first ever Canadian College Draft in 1953 and spent his entire 11-year CFL career as a defensive lineman. McNichol won East All-Star honours in 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958 and 1959.

1959 Western All-Stars

Offence

Jim Van Pelt Player of American and Canadian football

James S. Van Pelt is a former American and Canadian Football player. He played at the quarterback position for the University of Michigan from 1955 to 1957. He played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League in 1958 and 1959. He led the Blue Bombers to consecutive Grey Cup championships and set league records with seven touchdown passes in a game, a 107-yard touchdown pass, and 22 points scored in the 1958 Grey Cup championship game. His professional football career ended in 1960 when he was drafted into the United States Air Force for a three-year term of service.

Jackie Parker American football player

John Dickerson "Jackie" Parker was an American gridiron football player and coach. He was an All-American in college football and an outstanding professional football player in the Canadian Football League at the running back, quarterback, defensive back, and kicker positions. He is primarily known for his play with the Edmonton Eskimos. Later in his career, he played for the Toronto Argonauts and the BC Lions, and coached the Eskimos and Lions after his playing career ended.

Eugene C. Filipski was an American football halfback who played two seasons with the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of the 1953 NFL Draft. He first enrolled at the United States Military Academy before transferring to Villanova University. Filipski attended Grant Union High School in Sacramento, California. He was also a member of the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

Defence

Art Walker (gridiron football) Canadian football player

Arthur D. Walker, Jr. was an American football player. He was an All-American at the University of Michigan in 1954 and played seven seasons of professional football with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League from 1955-1961.

Urban A. Henry He was an American football defensive lineman who was an All-State football player at Morgan City High School in 1953 and played collegiately for the Georgia Tech. He played professionally in the Canadian Football League for the BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimos, and in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers Pittsburgh Steelers. He died of a heart attack at age 43.

Edward Gray is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 1997 NBA Draft.

1959 CFL Awards

1959 Miss Grey Cup

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References

  1. "Grey Cup Memories: 1959". CFL.ca. 2005-11-12. Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  2. "1963".
  3. "CFLapedia".