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Toronto Argonauts 150th Anniversary Press Conference
(May 26, 2023) At the 150th season kickoff at the historic Argonaut Rowing Club, Damon Allen and Derrell (Mookie) Mitchell were named to the All Time Argo list.
Hogan: Argo Alumni excited about 2023 season
(May 10, 2023 by Mike Hogan, argonauts.ca) It was a Double Blue version of Field of Dreams.
Legends from bygone days of the Toronto Argonauts recently gathered for their annual alumni association reunion at BMO Field, joined by a handful of players and coaches from the current team.
Bill Symons and Doyle Orange – the team’s first two 1,000-yard rushers – were both there. Placekicker Lance Chomyc – the leading scorer in Argo history – was spotted chatting with Boris Bede, the man who currently plays his old position.
150th Anniversary of the Argos
(April 3, 2023) This CFL season will be the 150th season for the Toronto Argonauts.
The Argonauts date all the way back to 1873 and will celebrate the team’s great history in 2023 all season long.
Founded in 1873, the team is the oldest existing professional sports team in North America still using its original name, as well as the oldest-surviving team in both the modern-day CFL and East Division.
The team’s origins date back to a modified version of rugby football that emerged in North America in the latter half of the 19th century. September 1873, the Argonaut Rowing Club formed the Argonaut Rugby Football Club to keep rowers in shape during bad weather and played its first game against the University of Toronto on October 4, 1873. Eventually sold to a syndicate in 1957, but not before winning 10 Grey Cups.
The Argos will have a lot to celebrate in 2023 as the reigning champions look to defend their Grey Cup title in the team’s 150th year and the team’s great history in 2023 all season long. We will be featuring a selection of notable events throughout the season on this site.
Chris Schultz: Hall of Famer
(March 16, 2023) It has been announced that Chris Schultz will be one of the inductees into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media wing as a member of the 2023 class.
Chris Schultz played left tackle for the Dallas Cowboys from 1983-86 and then nine seasons with the Toronto Argonauts, winning a Grey Cup in 1991. He was a two-time CFL all-star and was selected to the Argos’ all-time team in 2007.
After his playing career, Chris became a popular television and radio football analyst with TSN and The FAN 590.
He was an Argo: John Fedosoff
(March 22, 2023) The alumni association is saddened to learn of the passing of John Fedosoff.
Coming straight out of Mimico High School he joined the Argonauts in 1952 and won the award for best rookie in the eastern Big Four (no stats were kept and only Canadians were eligible.) He also won the Grey Cup that year. A versatile two-way player, in 1955 he joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and had his best year, rushing for 241 yards and 4 touchdowns, and intercepting 3 passes (which was good for an All-Star selection on defence.) He also won his second Grey Cup in 1957 with the Ticats. Born in Canora, Sask., he joined his home province Roughriders in 1958, also playing 2 games with the Montreal Alouettes that season before retiring.
John passed away February, 16 in Peterborough, Ontario at the age of 90.
He was an Argo: Joe Moss
(February 5, 2023) The alumni association is saddened to learn of the passing of defensive coach Joe Moss who served under head coach Bob O’Billovich in the 1980s. Joe was known to bring his pet poodle to work with him at Exhibition Stadium.
Joe Moss obituary at legacy.com
What a game!
The Toronto Argonauts edged the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24-23 on Sunday, marking the team’s seventh straight Grey Cup victory in recent championship games. Henoc Muamba was named both Grey Cup MVP and Most Outstanding Canadian.
Off to the Grey Cup!
The Argonauts beat the Montreal Alouettes 34-27 yesterday in the Eastern Division Final to earn a trip to Regina for Sunday’s Grey Cup! Kickoff is 6 p.m. Eastern.
He was an Argo: Walt Balasiuk
(Sept. 14. 2022) The association is saddened to learn about the passing of Walt Balasiuk. Walt played with the Argos between 1965-70.
The funeral will be this Saturday, September.17. Visitation is at 10 am. Service begins at 11 am at the St. George Baptist Church, 25 Main St, Saint George, NB, E5C 3H9
The service will also be livestreamed on Facebook for those who can’t physically attend. A link will be created. Following the service, there will be a reception at the Church.
Golf Fun Day 2022
Argo Alumnus John Pointer: Author
After retiring from professional football (as a linebacker from 1981-87, with the Argonauts in 1982), John positioned himself to become a thriving entrepreneur, especially in the petroleum business. In less than three years, he rose to become a Congressionally Acclaimed Top Rated Minority Businessman. Nonetheless, he began noticing indifferent actions from the US Small Business Administration’s certified investor who funded John’s company. After denials from government officials in John’s home state of Tennessee, he contacted an attorney for Vice President Al Gore who was motivated and enforced actions to occur through the SBA’s Office of Inspector General. This start began an over three-decade series of activism that John has put into action regarding the stoppage of billions of government-funded programs designed to aid and assist women, minorities, military veterans, and disabled veterans. On different occasions, John has been invited to Washington, DC to testify in which both Congressmen and Senators have proclaimed that he is “An American Hero, A True Patriot, and an Expert in the Minority Small Business Development Programs. And during Covid Pandemic, he assisted Former NFL Players with their Minority Small Businesses. In spite of John’s decades of being a sole activist, both he and his wife, Vicki helped to raise their family and they now enjoy their grandchildren.
To purchase the book from Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unprecedented-challenges-john-pointer/1141664656
Ricky Ray and Dick Thornton selected for induction
HAMILTON (June 21, 2022) – Five iconic players and three legendary builders will join the hallowed halls of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (CFHOF) and Museum in the Class of 2022.
Quarterback Ricky Ray and linebacker Chip Cox are first-ballot Hall of Famers. Ray memorably led the Argonauts at QB for seven seasons from 2021-18, and two Grey Cup championships in 2012 and 2017 before a neck injury in the 2018 season opener ended his illustrious career.
Thornton, as a two-way great who played for the Argos from 1967-72. A huge fan favourite, “Tricky” Dick Thornton was a dynamic and charismatic two-way player, playing defensive back and wide receiver. A two-time Grey Cup Champion and three-time CFL All-Star, Thornton won both his Grey Cups with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, playing in the infamous “Fog Bowl”. He passed in 2014 while living in the Philippines.
Ray and Cox will be joined in the Player category by kicker Paul McCallum, fullback Tim Tindale, and Dick Thornton who played on both sides of the ball. To be inducted in the Builder category will be former CFL head coach Dave Ritchie, Calgary Colts founder and former general manager Keith Evans, and long-time CFL team executive, Roy Shivers.
“The Canadian Football Hall of Fame is honoured to welcome this year’s incredible class,” said Greg Dick, Interim CFHOF Executive Director. “Their accomplishments on and off the field serve as tremendous inspiration to everyone who loves Canadian football. To the selection committee, thank you for your time and dedication to shining the spotlight on these amazing individuals and their outstanding careers.”
The members of the Class of 2022 will be officially inducted on the evening of September 16 at Tim Hortons Field, and they will also be honoured on the following day at halftime of the Hall of Game with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers set to visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a rematch of the 2021 Grey Cup championship. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. ET. Tickets to the game are available for purchase here.
The Media wing of the CFHOF will also welcome two new members – Glen Suitor and Ed Willes – in recognition of their distinguished service in providing coverage of Canadian football. They will be honoured at the Football Reporters of Canada’s annual brunch during Grey Cup Week in Regina.
The Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum, located on the fourth floor of Tim Hortons Field, operates as a non-profit registered charity. Located in Hamilton, Ont., since 1963, it is home to more than 80,000 Canadian football artifacts, ranging from equipment and trophies to photos and videos, spanning the rich history of the game.
2004 Grey Cup added to games available on demand
(April 9, 2021 – cfl.ca) Damon Allen was named as the game’s MVP as the Argonuats beat the B.C. Lions 27-19 in the 9snd Grey Cup at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa.The Tragically Hip performed at halftime. You can relive the game by clicking on the 2004 Grey Cup link below.
The Grey Cup On Demand Portal powered by Mark’s is a new one-stop platform that will allow fans to watch Grey Cup games on demand for free on CFL.ca. 65 Grey Cup games will be available from the 1940’s to the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary. Below are the games involving the Argonauts that have been released so far:
1946 – Winnipeg vs. Toronto at Varsity Stadium
1950 – Toronto vs. Winnipeg at Varsity Stadium
1952 – Toronto vs. Edmonton at Varsity Stadium
1971 – Calgary vs. Toronto at Empire Stadium
1982 – Edmonton vs. Toronto at Exhibition Stadium
1983 – Toronto vs. B.C. at B.C. Place Stadium
1987 – Edmonton vs. Toronto at B.C. Place Stadium
1991 – Toronto vs. Calgary at Winnipeg Stadium
1996 – Toronto vs. Edmonton at Ivor Wynne Stadium
1997 – Toronto vs. Saskatchewan at Commonwealth Stadium
2004 – Toronto vs. B.C. at Frank Clair Stadium
2012 – Calgary vs. Toronto at Rogers Centre
2017 – Toronto vs. Calgary at TD Place Stadium
View all games on Grey Cup On Demand