1960 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season

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1960 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season
Head coach Bud Grant
Home field Winnipeg Stadium
Results
Record14–2
Division place1st, West
Playoff finishLost West Final

The 1960 Winnipeg Blue Bombers , defending Grey Cup champions, finished in first place in the W.I.F.U. with a league-best record of 14–2. Their 453 points scored were the most in the CFL (although their 28.3 points per game was slightly less than the 28.6 of Ottawa Rough Riders, who scored 400 points but in the East's shorter 14-game schedule). Their 239 points allowed were only 14 more than the Edmonton Eskimos, and their +214 points differential dwarfed Ottawa's +117, which had the second-best total. Their first-place finish earned them the bye into the WIFU Finals. They took the first game of the best two-of-three Finals by defeating Edmonton 22–16 in Edmonton, but lost the next two in Winnipeg by scores of 10–5 and 4–2, bringing an abrupt end to an otherwise dominant season.

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1960 Preseason

On July 29, the Blue Bombers played the BC Lions 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. The Blue Bombers defeated the Lions by a score of 13–7 in front of 12,583 fans.

1960 regular season

Fullback and punter Charlie Shepard set a record with a 95-yard punt for a single in the victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on September 12.

Injuries

The Blue Bombers lost tackle Buddy Tinsley for two games with a facial injury and fullback Tony Kehrer for the season with a leg fracture, from injuries sustained in the victory over the BC Lions on September 17. [1] End Farrell Funston was lost for the season after suffering a separated shoulder in the victory over the BC Lions on October 13.

Quarterback Kenny Ploen broke a bone in his throwing hand in the third quarter of the first game of the WIFU Final in Edmonton. At that point, Vernon Cole took over at quarterback while Ploen shifted to safety, for the balance of game one and all of game two.

Buddy Tinsley Night

The Blue Bombers honored their 11-year veteran tackle with "Buddy Tinsley Night" at half-time during their Thursday, October 13, 1960, game versus the BC Lions. Tinsley, a Baylor grad, had been an all-star in seven of the previous ten seasons. Coach Bud Grant said the team requested a special players' meeting, without Tinsley, to prepare. [2] 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.

Coincidentally, three other Blue Bomber linemen also scored touchdowns, although all three—by center Garland Warren, guard Cornell Piper and linebacker Jack Delveaux—came on BC fumbles.

CFL commissioner Syd Halter took a dim view of the length of the ceremony for Tinsley. He slapped the Bombers with a $100 fine for the delay caused to the start of the second half. [3]

Season Standings

Western Interprovincial Football Union
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16142045323928
Edmonton Eskimos 16106031822520
Calgary Stampeders 1668237440414
BC Lions 1659229635612
Saskatchewan Roughriders 1621222054226

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1960 Season schedule

1960 Preseason

DayDateOpponentScoreAttendance
ThursdayJuly 21, 1960Blue-Gold Intra-Squad GameGold 27 – Blue 1917,000
FridayJuly 29, 1960 BC Lions (at Cedar Rapids IA)W 13–712,583
MondayAugust 1, 1960at Montreal Alouettes L 26–1619,395
ThursdayAugust 4, 1960 Ottawa Rough Riders W 18–1415,147

1960 regular season

Winnipeg Blue Bombers at BC Lions, August 11 B.C. Lions versus Winnipeg Blue Bombers VPL 43956 (15868990326).jpg
Winnipeg Blue Bombers at BC Lions, August 11
DayDateOpponentScoreAttendance
ThursdayAugust 11, 1960at BC Lions W 35–2131,837
MondayAugust 15, 1960at Calgary Stampeders W 38–2320,450
ThursdayAugust 18, 1960 Calgary Stampeders W 50–718,389
ThursdayAugust 25, 1960 Edmonton Eskimos W 18–1417,287
SaturdayAugust 27, 1960at Saskatchewan Roughriders W 27–012,000
ThursdaySeptember 1, 1960 BC Lions W 19–1418,297
SaturdaySeptember 3, 1960at Edmonton Eskimos W 15–1419,535
MondaySeptember 12, 1960 Saskatchewan Roughriders W 38–1116,367
SaturdaySeptember 17, 1960at BC Lions W 26–1430,292
MondaySeptember 19, 1960at Calgary Stampeders W 19–1714,000
MondaySeptember 26, 1960 Edmonton Eskimos L 15–220,932
SaturdayOctober 1, 1960 Calgary Stampeders W 31–2115,968
MondayOctober 10, 1960at Saskatchewan Roughriders W 48–710,300
ThursdayOctober 13, 1960 BC Lions W 49–2116,773
MondayOctober 17, 1960at Edmonton Eskimos W 21–1715,000
MondayOctober 24, 1960 Saskatchewan Roughriders L 23–1713,900

1960 Playoffs

Western Conference Finals

(best two-out-of-three series)

DayDateOpponentScoreAttendance
SaturdayNovember 12, 1960at Edmonton Eskimos W 22–1617,500
MondayNovember 14, 1960 Edmonton Eskimos L 10–516,708
SaturdayNovember 19, 1960 Edmonton Eskimos L 4–218,600
  • Edmonton won the series two games to one. Edmonton advanced to play the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Grey Cup.

1960 CFL Schenley Award Nominees

PlayerCanadianLineman
Leo Lewis Gerry James Herb Gray

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References

  1. Toronto Star, Monday 19 September 1960, page 22, "'Peg Wins But Kehrer Tinsley Hurt"
  2. Toronto Star, Thursday 13 October 1960, page 17, "Bud Grant Views Lions as New And Dangerous"
  3. Toronto Star, Saturday 15 October 1960, page 31, "Bombers Fined $100 / Halftime Too Long"
  4. "CFL.ca". Archived from the original on 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2009-08-09.