Welcome to Tigertown! It stretches far and wide, these threads always make me smile, love seeing new CFL fans but especially when they choose the Cats to follow.
For my bit of info I'd like to take you all the way back to 1869 when the first football team in Hamilton was formed. A lot of people including the league only consider the Tiger-Cats history 66 years old, which is technically true but football has been in the blood of Hamiltonians for a much longer time than that.
The name Tiger-Cats itself sounds weird, but that is because it is an amalgamation of what used to be our two pro football teams. The Hamilton Tigers as mentioned before were established in 1869, but during WW2 in 1941, they folded with so many players needing to enlist. In the Tigers absence a new team in Hamilton was formed dubbed the "Flying Wildcats", the flying part came from their roots in the air force. In 1945 when the war ended, the Flying Wildcats dropped the first part of their name and became simply known as the Wildcats, while the Tigers reformed and returned to the field. The two teams played in separate leagues and actually swapped leagues in 1948 (ORFU and IRFU) with both teams struggling to gain traction in a fairly small market place. Then in 1950 both teams decided to end the battle between the two teams for support in the city and amalgamated the two teams to form the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Not to be forgotten are also the Hamilton Alerts who are actually the first ever team to win a Grey Cup for the city of Hamilton in 1912, but their history only spanned a short few years until a bunch of their players jumped ship to play for the Tigers.
So there is a brief history behind our wacky name and not one, not two, not three but four separate professional football teams that have called our city home since 1869. It is a bit of a debate in the league about how many Grey Cups the Tiger-Cats have won, and exactly when the team was established, but if you ask anyone in Hamilton the answer will always be we have won 15 Grey Cups dating back to the creation of football in our city in 1869, and don't let anyone else tell you different
And here is my all-time favourite Tiger-Cats video, hopefully you enjoy.
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