1960 CFL season

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1960 CFL season
DurationJune – October, 1960
East Champions championsOttawa Rough Riders
West Champions championsEdmonton Eskimos
48th Grey Cup
DateNovember 26, 1960
VenueEmpire Stadium, Vancouver
ChampionsOttawa Rough Riders
CFL seasons seasons
← 1959
1961 →
Canadian Football League team locations: Red pog.svg WIFU, Blue 000080 pog.svg East

The 1960 CFL season is considered to be the seventh season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the third Canadian Football League season.

CFL News in 1960[edit]

The IRFU changed its name to become the Eastern Football Conference.

The CFL allowed unlimited blocking on interception returns.

The Calgary Stampeders moved into McMahon Stadium on Monday, August 15, after it took only 103 days to be built.

On September 14, four of the six directors of the Montreal Alouettes abruptly resigned their positions. The resignations of Lucien Beauregard, Morgan N. Johnston, David C. McConnell and W. Heard Wert left only owner-president Ted Workman and general manager-coach Perry Moss on the board.

Rosters were reduced from 40 players to 34 on September 15.

Ottawa's Ron Stewart rushed for 287 yards on 16 carries in a game in Montreal against the Alouettes on Monday, October 10. He rushed for four touchdowns, one in each quarter, on runs of 39, 51, 51 and 37 yards. He broke the single-game record of 217 yards held previously by Hamilton's Gerry McDougall.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers honoured their 11-year veteran guard with "Buddy Tinsley Night" at half-time during their Thursday, October 13, 1960, game versus the BC Lions. The Winnipeg crowd of 16,773 was delighted when Tinsley lined up at fullback and took a hand-off from quarterback Kenny Ploen over from the BC one-yard line for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

At league meetings during Grey Cup week, Western teams dropped their insistence on sharing in the lucrative television rights payments received by the Big Four (Eastern) teams as a condition of accepting an interlocking schedule. It was agreed to begin a partially interlocking schedule in 1961, with travel costs to be offset by an across-the-board surcharge of 25 cents on the price of every ticket sold (each team, every seat, every game).

1960 Preseason[edit]

The CFL played an unbalanced schedule of Exhibition games.

Four teams (Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Hamilton) played their annual split-squad scrimmages at the conclusion of their preliminary training camps.

25 players received skin burns during an EdmontonCalgary game played at Mewata Stadium in Calgary on July 20. Two Eskimos, Roger Nelson and Jim Shipka, were treated in a Calgary hospital. Two Stampeders, Doug Brown and Ernest Warlick, filed damage claims with the City of Calgary. The lime used for field markings initially was suspected as being the cause, although laboratory tests later determined it was fully hydrated and should not have been the culprit. Fertilizer also was suggested as a possible cause of the skin burns.

On July 28, the Saskatchewan Roughriders played the London Lords of the Senior Ontario Rugby Football Union in London, Ontario, and beat their hosts 38–0.

On July 29, the BC Lions played the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Part of the local appeal was the presence on three former University of Iowa stars, Kenny Ploen and Ray Jauch of the Blue Bombers, and Willie Fleming of the BC Lions.

After playing (and losing to) the NFL Chicago Cardinals in 1959, the Toronto Argonauts hosted the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers at CNE Stadium on August 3 and lost 43–16. Both teams used 12 players, with a handful of NFL rules (blocking, punt returns) blended into the Canadian game.

Toronto also played host to an NFL exhibition game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, at Varsity Stadium on Monday, August 15. Top ticket price was $10, which was the most ever charged for a non-Grey Cup game in Toronto. George Halas of the Bears, who also served as chairman of the NFL's expansion committee, admitted that in 1961 the NFL would have 14 teams, an awkward number, and that 16 teams would be more convenient for scheduling. It was suggested that this game was a trial balloon for a possible expansion team in Toronto. Chicago defeated the Giants by a 16–7 score, but the paid attendance was only 5,401, handing the promoters a $30,000 loss and effectively ending any chance of an NFL team north of the border.

Day Date Visitor Home Location Attendance
Fri 15 July Montreal 0 Edmonton 38 Edmonton 9,000
Tue 19 July Ottawa Red 14 Ottawa White 7 Ottawa
Wed 20 July Montreal 29 BC 29 Vancouver 24,392
Wed 20 July Edmonton 4 Calgary 17 Calgary
Thu 21 July Toronto Blue 14 Toronto White 27 Aurora, Ontario
Thu 21 July Winnipeg Blue 19 Winnipeg Gold 27 Winnipeg 17,000
Tue 26 July BC 49 Montreal 7 Montreal 19,999
Tue 26 July Saskatchewan 6 Ottawa 20 Ottawa
Wed 27 July Calgary 30 Toronto 51 Toronto 12,692
Wed 27 July Hamilton Black 20 Hamilton Gold 20 Hamilton
Thu 28 July Saskatchewan 38 London Lords (ORFU) 0 London, Ontario
Fri 29 July BC 7 Winnipeg 13 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 12,583
Mon 1 August Winnipeg 16 Montreal 26 Montreal 19,395
Tue 2 August Saskatchewan 14 Hamilton 17 Hamilton 7,000
Tue 2 August Ottawa 26 BC 27 Vancouver 18,156
Wed 3 August Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) 43 Toronto 16 Toronto 23,570
Thu 4 August Ottawa 14 Winnipeg 18 Winnipeg
Mon 8 August Edmonton 14 Montreal 28 Montreal 19,570
Wed 10 August Edmonton 29 Ottawa 24 Ottawa 8,350
Wed 10 August Hamilton 7 Toronto 14 Toronto 10,282

1960 regular season[edit]

Coaching Changes


  • Fri 19 August – Otis Douglas resigns as head coach of the Calgary Stampeders, after the club started the season with a tie and two losses. General Manager Jim Finks acts as co-ordinator of coaches for Calgary's August 22 game versus the BC Lions (a loss).
  • Tue 23 August – Steve Owen is appointed head coach for the remainder of the 1960 season.

General Manager Changes


  • Sat 10 September – Keith Rolfe resigns as General Manager of the Edmonton Eskimos, to take a position with an oil company in Calgary. Joe Ryan, formerly with the Toronto Argonauts, is named as his successor.

Regular-season standings[edit]

BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers, August 11

Final regular season standings[edit]

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
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 14 2 0 453 239 28
Edmonton Eskimos 16 10 6 0 318 225 20
Calgary Stampeders 16 6 8 2 374 404 14
BC Lions 16 5 9 2 296 356 12
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 2 12 2 205 422 6
Eastern Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Toronto Argonauts 14 10 4 0 370 265 20
Ottawa Rough Riders 14 9 5 0 400 283 18
Montreal Alouettes 14 5 9 0 340 458 10
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 14 4 10 0 273 377 8
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Winnipeg and Toronto have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs[edit]

Note: All dates in 1960

Conference Semi-Finals[edit]

Western Semi-Finals
Calgary Stampeders vs Edmonton Eskimos
Game Date Away Home
1 November 2 Calgary Stampeders 7 Edmonton Eskimos 30
2 November 5 Edmonton Eskimos 40 Calgary Stampeders 21
Edmonton won the total-point series by 70–28
Eastern Semi-Finals
Montreal Alouettes @ Ottawa Rough Riders
Date Away Home
November 5 Montreal Alouettes 14 Ottawa Rough Riders 30

Conference finals[edit]

Western Finals
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Edmonton Eskimos
Game Date Away Home
1 November 12 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22 Edmonton Eskimos 16
2 November 14 Edmonton Eskimos 10 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 5
3 November 19 Edmonton Eskimos 4 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2
Edmonton wins the best of three series 2–1
Eastern Finals
Toronto Argonauts vs Ottawa Rough Riders
Game Date Away Home
1 November 12 Toronto Argonauts 21 Ottawa Rough Riders 33
2 November 20 Ottawa Rough Riders 21 Toronto Argonauts 20
Ottawa won total-point series 54–41

Playoff bracket[edit]

Semifinals Finals 48th Grey Cup
E1 Toronto Argonauts 41
E2 Ottawa Rough Riders 30 E2 Ottawa Rough Riders 54
E3 Montreal Alouettes 14 E2 Ottawa Rough Riders 16
W2 Edmonton Eskimos 6
W1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1
W2 Edmonton Eskimos 70
W2 Edmonton Eskimos 2
W3 Calgary Stampeders 28


Grey Cup Championship[edit]

November 26

48th Annual Grey Cup Game: Empire StadiumVancouver, British Columbia

Western Champion Eastern Champion
Edmonton Eskimos 6 Ottawa Rough Riders 16
The Ottawa Rough Riders are the 1960 Grey Cup Champions

CFL Leaders[edit]

1960 Eastern All-Stars[edit]



1960 Western All-Stars[edit]



1960 CFL Awards[edit]

1960 Miss Grey Cup[edit]

  • Miss Edmonton Eskimos Mary-Jo Powell was named Miss Grey Cup 1960


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