Frank Turville

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Franklin David Turville, Q.C.
Born:(1907-09-23)September 23, 1907
Port Arthur, Ontario
Died:January 8, 1984(1984-01-08) (aged 76)
Career information
Position(s)Halfback & Kicker
CollegeUniversity of Western Ontario, Osgoode Hall
Career history
As player
1928–31Toronto Argonauts
1932–36Hamilton Tigers
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1928, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34
Awards1930 - Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy
Honours1932 - Grey Cup champion

Franklin David Turville (1907-1984) was a Canadian football player, playing from 1928 to 1936.[1]

A star player with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs football team, Turville was an all-star from his first season (and every season) with the Toronto Argonauts. He played 24 regular season games with the Argos.[2] In 1928, during their only win against the Ottawa Rough Riders, he rushed for 177 yards, scored 18 points and kicked a team record 8 rouges (singles).[3] He was league leader for points scored in 1929 (34) and 1931 (26).[4] His best season was 1930, when he scored 28 points (third in league) and won the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy as top player in the east.[5] He later played 5 seasons for the Hamilton Tigers,[6] twice more named an all-star and winning the Grey Cup in 1932. After his football career he became a game official (head linesman).[7] He later became a lawyer in Hamilton.[8]

A final recognition of Turville's talent came from Hall of Fame Ottawa Rough Riders player Dave Sprague. Upon retiring he was asked who was the best player, and he said Turville was "the greatest all-around player of them all."[9]

He was enshrined in the University of Western Ontario's "W" Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Windsor / Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.[10]


  1. ^ "FANBASE entry : Frank Turville". Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
  2. ^ 2011 Toronto Argonauts media Guide
  3. ^ 2011 Toronto Argonauts media Guide
  4. ^ Argonauts Gain Tie for Second, Beating Ottawa - Frank Turville's Kicking Features Again, Paving Way to 24-7 Triumph Montreal Gazette, november 2, 1931
  5. ^ Turville is picked for Russel Trophy Montreal Gazette, November 7, 1930
  6. ^ Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni Association: Tigers Roster
  7. ^ Riders, Argonauts in Verbal Battle Montreal Gazette, October 27, 1937
  8. ^ Old Names Are Missing, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, December 1, 1937
  9. ^ Memories of 11 Seasons Ride With Dave Sprague Ottawa Citizen, September 2, 1941
  10. ^ Frank Turville, Athlete, Football, Class of 1986