1960 CFL season

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1960 CFL season
Regular season
DurationJune – October, 1960
Playoffs
Start dateNovember 2, 1960
East Champions Ottawa Rough Riders 1960-11-20
West Champions Edmonton Eskimos 1960-11-19
48th Grey Cup
DateNovember 26, 1960
Site Empire Stadium, Vancouver
ChampionsOttawa Rough Riders
  1959 CFL seasons 1961  

The 1960 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the seventh season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the third Canadian Football League season.

Contents

CFL News in 1960

The IRFU changed its name to become the Eastern Football Conference.

The CFL allowed unlimited blocking on interception returns.

The Calgary Stampeders moved into McMahon Stadium on Monday, August 15, after it took only 103 days to be built.

On September 14, four of the six directors of the Montreal Alouettes abruptly resigned their positions. The resignations of Lucien Beauregard, Morgan N. Johnston, David C. McConnell and W. Heard Wert left only owner-president Ted Workman and general manager-coach Perry Moss on the board.

Rosters were reduced from 40 players to 34 on September 15.

Ottawa's Ron Stewart rushed for 287 yards on 16 carries in a game in Montreal against the Alouettes on Monday, October 10. He rushed for four touchdowns, one in each quarter, on runs of 39, 51, 51 and 37 yards. He broke the single-game record of 217 yards held previously by Hamilton's Gerry McDougall.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers honoured their 11-year veteran guard with "Buddy Tinsley Night" at half-time during their Thursday, October 13, 1960, game versus the BC Lions. The Winnipeg crowd of 16,773 was delighted when Tinsley lined up at fullback and took a hand-off from quarterback Kenny Ploen over from the BC one-yard line for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

At league meetings during Grey Cup week, Western teams dropped their insistence on sharing in the lucrative television rights payments received by the Big Four (Eastern) teams as a condition of accepting an interlocking schedule. It was agreed to begin a partially interlocking schedule in 1961, with travel costs to be offset by an across-the-board surcharge of 25 cents on the price of every ticket sold (each team, every seat, every game).

1960 Preseason

The CFL played an unbalanced schedule of Exhibition games.

Four teams (Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Hamilton) played their annual split-squad scrimmages at the conclusion of their preliminary training camps.

25 players received skin burns during an Edmonton Calgary game played at Mewata Stadium in Calgary on July 20. Two Eskimos, Roger Nelson and Jim Shipka, were treated in a Calgary hospital. Two Stampeders, Doug Brown and Ernest Warlick, filed damage claims with the City of Calgary. The lime used for field markings initially was suspected as being the cause, although laboratory tests later determined it was fully hydrated and should not have been the culprit. Fertilizer also was suggested as a possible cause of the skin burns.

On July 28, the Saskatchewan Roughriders played the London Lords of the Senior Ontario Rugby Football Union in London, Ontario, and beat their hosts 38–0.

On July 29, the BC Lions played the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Part of the local appeal was the presence on three former University of Iowa stars, Kenny Ploen and Ray Jauch of the Blue Bombers, and Willie Fleming of the BC Lions.

After playing (and losing to) the NFL Chicago Cardinals in 1959, the Toronto Argonauts hosted the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers at CNE Stadium on August 3 and lost 43–16. Both teams used 12 players, with a handful of NFL rules (blocking, punt returns) blended into the Canadian game.

Toronto also played host to an NFL exhibition game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, at Varsity Stadium on Monday, August 15. Top ticket price was $10, which was the most ever charged for a non-Grey Cup game in Toronto. George Halas of the Bears, who also served as chairman of the NFL's expansion committee, admitted that in 1961 the NFL would have 14 teams, an awkward number, and that 16 teams would be more convenient for scheduling. It was suggested that this game was a trial balloon for a possible expansion team in Toronto. Chicago defeated the Giants by a 16–7 score, but the paid attendance was only 5,401, handing the promoters a $30,000 loss and effectively ending any chance of an NFL team north of the border.

DayDateVisitorHomeLocationAttendance
Fri15 July Montreal 0 Edmonton 38Edmonton9,000
Tue19 July Ottawa Red 14 Ottawa White 7Ottawa
Wed20 July Montreal 29 BC 29Vancouver24,392
Wed20 July Edmonton 4 Calgary 17Calgary
Thu21 July Toronto Blue 14 Toronto White 27Aurora, Ontario
Thu21 July Winnipeg Blue 19 Winnipeg Gold 27Winnipeg17,000
Tue26 July BC 49 Montreal 7Montreal19,999
Tue26 July Saskatchewan 6 Ottawa 20Ottawa
Wed27 July Calgary 30 Toronto 51Toronto12,692
Wed27 July Hamilton Black 20 Hamilton Gold 20Hamilton
Thu28 July Saskatchewan 38 London Lords (ORFU)0London, Ontario
Fri29 July BC 7 Winnipeg 13Cedar Rapids, Iowa12,583
Mon1 August Winnipeg 16 Montreal 26Montreal19,395
Tue2 August Saskatchewan 14 Hamilton 17Hamilton7,000
Tue2 August Ottawa 26 BC 27Vancouver18,156
Wed3 August Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)43 Toronto 16Toronto23,570
Thu4 August Ottawa 14 Winnipeg 18Winnipeg
Mon8 August Edmonton 14 Montreal 28Montreal19,570
Wed10 August Edmonton 29 Ottawa 24Ottawa8,350
Wed10 August Hamilton 7 Toronto 14Toronto10,282

1960 regular season

Coaching Changes

Calgary

General Manager Changes

Edmonton

Regular-season standings

BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers, August 11 B.C. Lions versus Winnipeg Blue Bombers VPL 43956 (15868990326).jpg
BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers, August 11

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 16142045323928
Edmonton Eskimos 16106031822520
Calgary Stampeders 1668237440414
BC Lions 1659229635612
Saskatchewan Roughriders 1621222054226
Eastern Football Conference
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Toronto Argonauts 14104037026520
Ottawa Rough Riders 1495040028318
Montreal Alouettes 1459034045810
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1441002733778
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Winnipeg and Toronto have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1960

Conference Semi-Finals

Western Semi-Finals
Calgary Stampeders vs Edmonton Eskimos
GameDateAwayHome
1November 2 Calgary Stampeders 7 Edmonton Eskimos 30
2November 5 Edmonton Eskimos 40 Calgary Stampeders 21
Edmonton won the total-point series by 70–28
Eastern Semi-Finals
Montreal Alouettes @ Ottawa Rough Riders
DateAwayHome
November 5 Montreal Alouettes 14 Ottawa Rough Riders 30

Conference finals

Western Finals
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Edmonton Eskimos
GameDateAwayHome
1November 12 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22 Edmonton Eskimos 16
2November 14 Edmonton Eskimos 10 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 5
3November 19 Edmonton Eskimos 4 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2
Edmonton wins the best of three series 2–1
Eastern Finals
Toronto Argonauts vs Ottawa Rough Riders
GameDateAwayHome
1November 12 Toronto Argonauts 21 Ottawa Rough Riders 33
2November 20 Ottawa Rough Riders 21 Toronto Argonauts 20
Ottawa won total-point series 54–41

Playoff bracket

 Semifinals  Finals   48th Grey Cup
              
 East  E1 Toronto Argonauts 41
(21+20)
 
 E2 Ottawa Rough Riders 30  E2 Ottawa Rough Riders 54
(33+21)
  
 E3 Montreal Alouettes 14    E2 Ottawa Rough Riders 16
   W2 Edmonton Eskimos 6
 West  W1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1
(22,5,2)
  
 W2 Edmonton Eskimos 70
(30+40)
  W2 Edmonton Eskimos 2
(16,10,4)
 
 W3 Calgary Stampeders 28
(7+21)
 

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Grey Cup Championship

November 26

48th Annual Grey Cup Game: Empire StadiumVancouver, British Columbia

Western Champion Eastern Champion
Edmonton Eskimos 6 Ottawa Rough Riders 16
The Ottawa Rough Riders are the 1960 Grey Cup Champions

CFL Leaders

1960 Eastern All-Stars

Offence

Defence

1960 Western All-Stars

Offence

Defence

1960 CFL Awards

1960 Miss Grey Cup

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References

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  2. "CFLapedia".