This year’s Hamilton-Winnipeg Grey Cup game will be the 11th time teams from the two cities have met to battle it out for Lord Grey’s mug. As far as I know, that is a record for the number of appearances involving the same teams since the first Grey Cup Championship in 1909.
The first Hamilton-Winnipeg game was the amateur championship in 1935 when the Winnipeg team (the 'Pegs) beat the Hamilton Tigers 12-8 at the triple A grounds in Hamilton before a crowd of 6,405.
They met next in 1943 when the two amateur teams were known as the Hamilton Flying Wildcats and the Winnipeg RCAF Bombers. Hamilton won 23-14.
In 1953 the newly-named Hamilton Tiger-Cats beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12-6.
The Tiger-Cats also won against Winnipeg 32-7 in 1957…and again in 1965. The score was 22-16 and was the last time we beat Winnipeg in a Grey Cup game.
The last time we played Winnipeg for the Grey Cup was in 1984. We lost 47-17.
Hamilton has been represented in the Grey Cup 30 times (amateur and pro) since 1910.
Winnipeg has been in the Grey Cup 24 times since 1937.
I became a Tiger-Cat fan in 1961 when I was at Central High School. For me, the greatest rivalry for the Grey Cup between Hamilton and Winnipeg occurred 6 times between 1957 and 1965. We beat Winnipeg twice between those years.
Lets hope the record books will show we did it again in 2019.