50 years ago: Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Chuck Ealey make football history |

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Ealey belongs in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame . He was the trail blazer for Warren Moon , Damon Allen , Henry Burris , Tracy Ham , ....... . He proved that the position of QB has to be colour blind and racism has no place in sport .

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Are we allowed to post about something that happened 50 years ago when some posters were 2 or 3 years old? Asking for a friend😝
I met a guy in a bar in Toledo 20 years ago while doing business in Toledo. When he saw my Canadian flag pin on my jacket, he asked where I was from. Told him Hamilton and he immediately knew about the Ticats and of course Chuck Ealey. He went on for about an hour talking about Ealey’s career. And he wasn’t nearly as old as me :grin:

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Thanks for the great memory Ticatfan94……

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Yes, thank you for posting. So many wonderful memories tied to this team and this QB. Attended my first live CFL game. Played in my first year of high school football, and became a football fanatic and fanatical fan of the Ticats. Watched with my parents their first Grey Cup on a black&white TV, and they finally realized I was playing football and not soccer. My younger brother also watched, became a fanatical fan as well, and so began our bond of attending games together every year. So many memories...not all of them "happy endings" over the years, but that's life too!

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JWilli22 , your story is the same as many of us who make up the fan base . Long and faithful fans who love our Cats through thick and thin .

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I can remember seeing Al Dorow on the sidelines at the televised bowl game that Chuck played . Dorow not only loved football but he also loved the new astroturf at Ivor Wynn in 1971 :laughing:

I think yes when the article is recent, i was born in 94 but i know of Chuck Ealey is cause of reading Gridiron Underground: Black American Journeys in Canadian Football plus his daughters book stone thrower

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Well this was way, way before my time but I always understood that in 1951 Bernie Custis was the first black quarterback in pro football history.

Ealey played for the Cats around 20 years later. I'm not sure how many black QBs played in between that time. I would suspect the numbers were very low and Ealey most certainly deserves credit as one of the trailblazers and inspiration for Moon, Allen and Ham.

Ealey should definitely be in the Hall of Fame. For multiple reasons.

Edit: Sorry Pat I should have read the article first as it explains everything I wasn't sure about in my post.

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Since the modern era , 1950 to 2022 , the top Tiger-Cat head coaches are Frank Kush 73 win % , Ralph Sazio 71% , Carl Voyles 64% , Jim Trimble 62.5 % and Orlondo Steinauer at 62 % .
Their average life span is 4.6 years as head coach in Hamilton . Next year will be Coach Steinauer's 5th year . I hope there are many more for the 49 year old young man .

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Bernie played 4 years for Hamilton and 1 year with Ottawa . He played mostly as a RB/Rec . The QBs were Cecil Martin , Glenn Dobbs , Butch Songin , Bob Celeri , Stan Heath and Bill Mackrides . Songin was the QB on the 53 Grey Cup champs .
The top 3 scorers that year were Tip Logan , Lou Kusserow and Bernie Custis . Songin led with 10 passing TDs while Custis and Kusserow had 1 each .
Songin was from Boston College, Custis from Syracuse, and Kusserow was from Columbia . Quite often the roster featured players from "none" college .

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Just a few nights ago TSN re-aired their Chuch Ealey story from 2012. ENGRAVED ON A NATION Documentary, STONE THROWER: THE CHUCK EALEY STORY.

It was with his daughter, very nice story and worth the watch. I had seen it before but enjoyed it again.
Click below link if you would like to watch it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmL1EvtQy3E

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There is only one formula for any head coach. Win it all. Steinauer as of this date has the lowest winning percentage of any Tiger Cat head coach.

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You are allowed to post something that was 50 years ago, only if you're nostalgic.

First 3 seasons
Kent Austin: 54% - 0-2 in GCs.
Stein: 62% - 0-2 in GCs.

Let's hope Stein's trajectory changes. We know how Austin's tenure ended.

Not nostalgic…just happy I can remember my youth when everything seemed so simple. Happy Days indeed..:+1::+1:

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|1|Carl M. Voyles|19501955|76|48|27|1|97|.640|41st Grey Cup championship|

|2|Jim Trimble|19561962|98|60|36|2|122|.625||1961 Annis Stukus Trophy winner
46th Grey Cup championship|
|3|Ralph Sazio†|19631967|70|49|20|1|99|.7101964 Annis Stukus Trophy winner
51st Grey Cup championship
53rd Grey Cup championship
55th Grey Cup championship|
|4|Joe Restic|19681970|42|22|17|3|47|.564
|5|Al Dorow|1971|14|7|7|0|14|.500
|6|Jerry Williams|19721975|60|30|29|1|61|.508.500|60th Grey Cup championship|
|7|George Dickson[2]|1976|2|0|2|0|0|.000
|8|Bob Shaw|19761977|30|13|17|0|26|.433(http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_CFL_season) Annis Stukus Trophy winner|
|9|Tom Dimitroff, Sr.[3]|1978|5|1|3|1|3|.250
|10|John Payne|19781980|43|18|24|1|37|.429
|11|Frank Kush|1981|16|11|4|1|23|.733
|12|Bud Riley|19821983|28|12|15|1|25|.444
|13|Al Bruno|19831987|62|29|31|2|60|.483(ht//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1986_CFL_season) Annis Stukus Trophy winner
74th Grey Cup championship|
|14|Ted Schmitz|1987|6|1|5|0|2|.167
|–|Al Bruno|19881990|48|25|23|0|50|.521
|15|David Beckman|19901991|14|2|12|0|4|.143
|16|John Gregory|19911994|52|21|31|0|42|.404
|17|Don Sutherin|19941997|67|20|47|0|40|.298
|18|Urban Bowman|1997|11|1|11|0|2|.091
|19|Ron Lancaster|19982003|108|51|56|1|103|.477(http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_CFL_season) Annis Stukus Trophy winner
87th Grey Cup championship|
|20|Greg Marshall|20042006|40|14|25|1|29|.359|/wiki/2004_CFL_season) Annis Stukus Trophy winner|
|–|Ron Lancaster|2006|14|4|10|0|8|.286
|21|Charlie Taaffe|20072008|28|5|23|0|10|.179
|22|Marcel Bellefeuille|20082011|62|27|35|0|54|.435
|23|George Cortez|2012|18|6|12|0|12|.333
|24|Kent Austin|20132017|80|36|44|0|72|.450
|25|June Jones|20172018|28|14|14|0|28|.500
|26|Orlondo Steinauer|20192022|50|31|19|0|62|.620//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_CFL_season) Annis Stukus Trophy win

The last number for each coach is his winning % . Coach Steinauer ranks 5th all time in the modern era . George Dickson had 0 % . That would be the lowest winning percentage .

David Beckman was 2-12 but rumor has it he was only sober at the end of a handful of those games so the rest don't count.

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The game!!!
(with the pregame stuff...)

Al Dorow had 7 wins and 7 losses during his only year . Although he did break in the new artificial turf at Ivor Wynn . So you have to give him credit for that .