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By Gene Kosowan     Nov 18, 2013 in Sports
As Saskatchewan prepares to host Hamilton for the Canadian Football League final this Sunday, catch up on the history of the country’s legendary gridiron final.
That’s how many decades the Grey Cup has been around, more than twice the number of Super Bowl summits presented by its NFL counterparts. Eleven cities in Canada have hosted the final 100 times, with Toronto boasting 46 times it has staged the final. This year, Regina has the honours of hosting the 101st installment of the event.
Anthony Calville from the Montreal Alouettes holds the records for throwing the most touchdown passes in Grey Cup games with nine. The feat took eight summit appearances by the team between 2000-2010, during which time the Alouettes took home three titles.
Toronto station CBLT forked over nearly $8,000 for the rights to broadcast the 1952 Grey Cup, marking the television debut of the game. Only fans in Ontario were able to see the match that took place at Varsity Stadium in the provincial capital, where Toronto beat Edmonton 21-11.
Winnipeg managed seven points for their scoreboard contribution in the first-ever national TV broadcast Grey Cup game in 1957. Viewers were also in for a real treat when they witnessed an interception by Hamilton defender Ray Bawel. In what appeared to be an easy touchdown, a spectator on the sidelines tripped Bawel, killing the play. Shocking? Definitely. Consequential? Not likely, as Hamilton won 32-7.
That's how many points were scored by the Parkdale Canoe Club on Dec. 4, 1909, at Toronto's Rosedale Field in what was the first Grey Cup game ever played. They lost to the University of Toronto who scored 26 points to take the first title match.
The Edmonton Eskimos hold the record for most consecutive Grey Cup victories, from 1978-1982. Toronto, however still has the most-ever wins, at 16.
Probably the most successful Canadian quarterback in the history of the game, Ottawa Rough Riders pivot Russ Jackson passed for four record Grey Cup touchdowns in his swan song appearance. Ottawa beat Saskatchewan 29-11.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders hold the record for lowest number of Grey Cup victories by an active CFL franchise, despite 18 appearances in the final. That’s a figure the team hopes to boost in the 101st staging of the summit, taking place in their home town of Regina.
It took that many days to complete the Dec. 1-2, 1962 matchup between Winnipeg and Hamilton in what has been the only final suspended during regulation time, in what has since been dubbed “The Fog Bowl.” Thanks to an ugly fog that rolled into Toronto, referees stopped the game in the middle of the fourth quarter. The game was completed the following day with Winnipeg winning 28-27.
Only one American team won the CFL final when the Baltimore Stallions defeated the Calgary Stampeders 37-20 back in 1995. That was also the final year of an ill-fated, three-season expansion effort by the cash-strapped CFL into the U.S. to shore up potential revenue. During those three years, Baltimore was the most successful American franchise in the league that also witnessed participating teams from Birmingham, Las Vegas, Memphis, Sacramento, San Antonio and Shreveport.
For more additional Grey Cup facts, check out CBC Sports, TSN and the official website for the Canadian Football League.
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