John Ferraro (Canadian football)

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Johnny Ferraro
Born: 1910
Buffalo, New York
Career information
Position(s) Halfback/Kicker
College Cornell University
Career history
As player
1934–35 Hamilton Tigers
1936–37 Montreal Indians
1938 Montreal Nationals
1939 Montreal Westmounts
1940 Montreal Bulldogs
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1935, 1937 1938, 1939
Awards 1938 - Imperial Oil Trophy
Career stats

John James Ferraro was an all-star football player in the Ontario Rugby Football Union and the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1966 [1] and the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978. [2]

The Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU) was an early amateur Canadian football league. As its name implies, it comprised teams in the Canadian province of Ontario. The ORFU was founded in 1883 and in 1903 became the first major competition to adopt the Burnside rules, from which the modern Canadian football code would evolve.

Canadian Football Hall of Fame Canadian football museum in Ontario, Canada.

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit corporation, located in Hamilton, Ontario, that celebrates great achievements in Canadian football. It is maintained by the Canadian Football League (CFL). It includes displays about the CFL, Canadian university football and Canadian junior football history.

A graduate of Cornell University in 1934 with a degree in Hotel Administration, he captained both the football and basketball teams and was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. He came to Canada in 1934 and played two seasons with the Hamilton Tigers of the IRFU and played in the Grey Cup. Ferraro then moved to Montreal where he played for 4 different teams. Starting in 1936, he suited up for the Montreal Indians, Montreal Nationals, Montreal Westmounts and Montreal Bulldogs. He was also playing coach of the Tigers and Indians. [3]

Cornell University private university in Ithaca (New York, US)

Cornell University is a private and statutory Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, the university was intended to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge—from the classics to the sciences, and from the theoretical to the applied. These ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell's founding principle, a popular 1868 Ezra Cornell quotation: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study."

Quill and Dagger

Quill and Dagger is a senior honor society at Cornell University. It is often recognized as one of the most prominent societies of its type, along with Skull and Bones and Scroll and Key at Yale University. In 1929, The New York Times stated that election into Quill and Dagger and similar societies constituted "the highest non-scholastic honor within reach of undergraduates."

Hamilton Tigers former ice hockey team in the NHL

The Hamilton Tigers were a professional ice hockey team based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. They competed in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1920 to 1925. The Tigers were formed by the sale of the Quebec Bulldogs NHL franchise to Hamilton interests. After years of struggling, the franchise finished first in the league in the 1924–25 NHL season, but a players' strike before the playoffs resulted in the franchise's dissolution. The players' contracts were sold to New York City interests to stock the expansion New York Americans. A namesake amateur team existed prior to and during the NHL team's existence, and a minor league professional team named the Hamilton Tigers existed from 1926 to 1930.

Ferraro won the Imperial Oil Trophy in 1938 as MVP in the ORFU. He donated the trophy to the widow of Ormond Beach, a previous MVP who lost his life in an accident. The donors of the award sent a new trophy to Ferraro. [4]

Ormond Beach was a star football player in the Ontario Rugby Football Union for four seasons for the Sarnia Imperials. Beach, who led the Imperials to Grey Cup victories in 1934 and 1936, died at the age of 27 in an industrial accident. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

Ferraro was married to Edna Letts, from Scotia, New York. [5]

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  1. Canadian Football Hall of Fame profile
  2. Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame - John J. Ferraro
  3. CFLAPEDIA entry: John Ferraro
  4. Generous Gesture Made by Ferraro, Ottawa Citizen February 20, 1939
  5. "Junior Makes His Initial Bow to University", Cornell Daily Sun, Volume 55, Issue 40, 8 November 1934, Page 3