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1948 in Canadian football

Canadian Football News in 1948

The WIFU increased their games from 8 to 12 games per team.

The Hamilton Tigers, formerly of the IRFU joined the ORFU, and the Hamilton Wildcats joined the IRFU on Friday, April 9.

The Regina/Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Calgary Stampeders changed their team colours. The Roughriders adopted green and white and the Stampeders reverted to red and white.

In the Grey Cup game, the Stampeders introduced pageantry with saddle horses and chuck wagons as they defeated the Ottawa Rough Riders 12–7 to win their first Grey Cup.

Regular season

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
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Calgary Stampeders 12 12 0 0 218 61 24
Regina Roughriders 12 3 9 0 133 137 6
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12 3 9 0 81 234 6
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Ottawa Rough Riders 12 10 2 0 264 130 20
Montreal Alouettes 12 7 5 0 221 172 14
Toronto Argonauts 12 5 6 1 160 191 11
Hamilton Wildcats 12 1 10 1 88 240 3
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Hamilton Tigers 9 9 0 0 279 54 18
Toronto Beaches-Indians 9 5 4 0 124 86 10
Sarnia Imperials 9 3 5 1 72 130 7
Windsor Rockets 9 0 8 1 40 245 1
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1948

FINALS

WIFU Finals – Game 1
Calgary Stampeders @ Regina Roughriders
Date Away Home
November 6 Calgary Stampeders 4 Regina Roughriders 4
WIFU Finals – Game 2
Regina Roughriders @ Calgary Stampeders
Date Away Home
November 11 Regina Roughriders 6 Calgary Stampeders 17
  • Calgary won the total-point series by 21–10. The Stampeders will advance to the Grey Cup game.
ORFU Finals – Game 1
Hamilton Tigers @ Toronto Beaches-Indians
Date Away Home
November 5 Hamilton Tigers 8 Toronto Beaches-Indians 0
ORFU Finals – Game 2
Toronto Beaches-Indians @ Hamilton Tigers
Date Away Home
November 13 Toronto Beaches-Indians 1 Hamilton Tigers 31
  • Hamilton won the total-point series by 39–1. The Tigers will play the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Eastern Finals.
IRFU Finals – Game 1
Montreal Alouettes @ Ottawa Rough Riders
Date Away Home
November 11 Montreal Alouettes 21 Ottawa Rough Riders 19
IRFU Finals – Game 2
Ottawa Rough Riders @ Montreal Alouettes
Date Away Home
November 13 Ottawa Rough Riders 15 Montreal Alouettes 7
  • Ottawa won the total-point series by 34–28. The Rough Riders will play the Hamilton Tigers in the Eastern Finals.

Eastern Finals

Hamilton Tigers @ Ottawa Rough Riders
Date Away Home
November 20 Hamilton Tigers 0 Ottawa Rough Riders 19
  • The Ottawa Rough Riders will advance to the Grey Cup game.

Playoff Bracket

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Grey Cup Final
                         
IRFU  Ottawa Rough Riders 19-15  
IRFU  Montreal Alouettes 21-7  
  IRFU  Ottawa Rough Riders 19  
EAST
  ORFU  Hamilton Tigers 0  
ORFU  Hamilton Tigers 8-31
ORFU  Toronto Balmy Beach 0-0  
    IRFU  Ottawa Rough Riders 7
  WIFU  Calgary Stampeders 12
WIFU  No quarter final  
   
  WIFU  Calgary Stampeders 4-17
WEST
  WIFU  Saskatchewan Roughriders 4-6  
WIFU  No quarter final
   

Grey Cup Championship

November 27

36th Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Calgary Stampeders 12 Ottawa Rough Riders 7
The Calgary Stampeders are the 1948 Grey Cup Champions

1948 Eastern (Interprovincial Rugby Football Union) All-Stars

NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

  • QB – Bob Paffrath, Ottawa Rough Riders
  • HB – Howie Turner, Ottawa Rough Riders
  • HB – Virgil Wagner, Montreal Alouettes
  • HB – Joe Krol, Toronto Argonauts
  • E – Bert Haigh, Ottawa Rough Riders
  • E – Ralph Toohy, Montreal Alouettes
  • FW – Tony Golab, Hamilton Wildcats
  • C – Don Loney, Ottawa Rough Riders
  • G – Eddie Michaels, Ottawa Rough Riders
  • G – Lloyd "Bronco" Reese, Montreal Alouettes
  • T – Herb Trawick, Montreal Alouettes
  • T – John Wagoner, Ottawa Rough Riders

1948 Ontario Rugby Football Union All-Stars

NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

  • QB – Frank Filchock, Hamilton Tigers
  • HB – Jack Harper, Hamilton Tigers
  • HB – Jack Stewart, Hamilton Tigers
  • DB – Doug Pyzer, Toronto Beaches-Indians
  • E – Verne Picard, Toronto Beaches-Indians
  • E – Danny DiFrancisco, Hamilton Tigers
  • FW – Gerry Walsh, Hamilton Tigers
  • C – Jake Gaudaur, Hamilton Tigers
  • G – Don McKenzie, Toronto Beaches-Indians
  • G – Eddie Remigis, Hamilton Tigers
  • T – Pat Santucci, Hamilton Tigers
  • T – Lorne Parkin, Toronto Beaches-Indians

1948 Western (Western Interprovincial Football Union) All-Stars

NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

  • QB – Keith Spaith, Calgary Stampeders
  • HB – Don Hiney, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • HB – Ken Charlton, Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • HB – Gabe Patterson, Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • FB – Paul Rowe, Calgary Stampeders
  • E – Johnny Bell, Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • E – Woody Strode, Calgary Stampeders
  • C – Chuck Anderson, Calgary Stampeders
  • G – Bud Irving, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • G – Bert Iannone, Calgary Stampeders
  • G – Dave Tomlinson, Calgary Stampeders
  • T – Johnny Aguirre, Calgary Stampeders
  • T – Mike Cassidy, Saskatchewan Roughriders

1948 Canadian Football Awards

References

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