Teddy Morris

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Teddy Morris
Born:(1910-03-00)March , 1910
Toronto, Ontario
Died:(1965-09-05)September 5, 1965 (aged 55)
Malton, Ontario [1] [2]
Career information
Position(s) RB/Flying wing
College Toronto
Career history
As coach
1940–1941 Toronto Argonauts (assistant)
1942–1944 HMCS York Navy team
1945–1949Toronto Argonauts
1960Toronto Argonauts
As player
1931–1939 Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
Awards
Honors
  • All-Eastern Running back (1933, 1934, 1936)
  • All-Eastern Flying wing (1935, 1938)
  • Canadian Football Hall of Fame (1964)
  • Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (1975)
  • named an All-Time Argo (1998)
Career stats

Allan Byron (Teddy) Morris (March 1910 [3] – September 5, 1965 [4] ) was a Canadian Football Hall of Fame player and coach for the Toronto Argonauts.

Morris began playing Canadian football with Toronto playground teams and moved on to the Winnipeg Native Sons junior football team. Upon his return to Toronto he joined the Argonauts junior squad and quickly earned a spot on the senior team. He was a star player for the Argonauts for nine years and was named All-Eastern running back three times and flying wing twice and named the 1937 Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy winner as the player who best exemplified skill, sportsmanship, and courage in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union. [5]

Morris' recovery of an Argonauts' punt blocked by Winnipeg's Bud Marquardt in the 25th Grey Cup is often cited as the first of the fabled "Argos Bounces" as it bounced off the field and right into Morris' hands preventing a Blue Bomber possession deep in Argos territory. [6] [7]

In 1940, the year following his last game as a player, Morris began as a backfield coach for the Argonauts then, during IRFU's break from playing during the Second World War, coached HMCS York's football team, and upon IRFU's return to play in 1945, became Argonauts head coach earning three consecutive Grey Cups from 1945 to 1947 and respect from fans and players alike. [1] [5] Morris briefly returned to the Argonauts in 1960 as assistant coach to Lou Agase, having been brought in to help the American acclimatize to Canadian football.

Awards, honours, and records

Notes

  1. 1 2 "Allan B. Morris". New York Times. 1965-09-06. Retrieved 2008-06-07. Allan Byron (Teddy) Morris, who starred at Canadian football for Toronto Argonauts and later coached them to three successive Grey Cup championships died of a heart attack today at his farm home near here (Toronto)…
  2. Stewart, John (2008-03-24). "Running into history". MississaugaBlogs.com. Retrieved 2008-06-07. on the Sixth Line in Malton … sheep farm was located behind a store on Sixth Line … who owned the place … Alan Byron Morris, better known as Teddy Morris.
  3. 1911 Census of Canada. Government of Canada. pp. Ontario / Toronto East / 43 Toronto / page 10 / Line 48.
  4. "Teddy Morris Dies". The Washington Post. 1965-09-06. pp. D1. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  5. 1 2 "Teddy Morris". Hall of Famers. Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  6. "1937 – Toronto Argonauts 4, Winnipeg Blue Bombers 3". Grey Cup History. CFL.ca. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
  7. Bell-Webster, Josh (2007-11-05). "Grey Cup returns to its roots". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
  8. "The Teddy Morris Memorial Trophy". Ontario Football Conference. Archived from the original on 2005-01-06. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
  9. "Championship All-Stars". Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Archived from the original on 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  10. Canadian Football League 2007 Facts, Figures & Records. Canadian Football League. p. 276. ISBN   978-0-9739425-2-1.
  11. "Ted Morris". Honoured members profile. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-06-08.

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