Winners: Frank Filchock, Football

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Frank Filchock, #87 is on the field for Edmonton during the Grey Cup Game

Frank Filchock, #87 is on the field for Edmonton in this Grey Cup game between Toronto and Edmonton at Varsity Stadium in Toronto.
Date: November 29, 1952
Collection: Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

1949 - Feature Story

The rush of American imports to Canadian pro football in the late 1940’s came fast and furious. None of the gridiron stars came north for the same reasons as Frank Filchock. He was suspended by the National Football League for a gambling scandal, one whose charges eventually were proved to be trumped-up and false. After a couple of good seasons in Hamilton, Filchock joined the Montreal Alouettes in 1949. The Als certainly got their money’s worth. Their new quarterback/defensive back, Filchock passed for more than 200 yards and intercepted three passes on defence as the Alouettes won their first Grey Cup, 28-15 over the defending champions from Calgary.

Career Highlights

  • 1952 WIFU Championship with the Edmonton Eskimos
  • 1951 All-Western Second Divisional All-Star
  • 1949 Lionel Conacher Award (Canada’s male athlete of the year)
  • 1949 Grey Cup with the Montreal Alouettes
  • 1947, 1949, 1950 All-Eastern quarterback
Filchock at a table for the 1953 Grey Cup Dinner

The 1953 Grey Cup Dinner. Frank Filchock is third from the right.
Date: 1953
Collection: Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

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