Schedules in the 50s & 60s

Is there anyone out there who can remember or find out how many games teams used to play back in the 50s & 60s ?

Someone may have a good firsthand answer, but in lieu of that, consider the following:

They don't list any sources, but if they can be considered reliable at all, you could check out these wikipedia pages:

Apart from that, folks at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame could probably tell you for sure. You could also check for archives of newspapers from that era at the library.

look at history of CFL standings for each yr.

Good call, FYB. The site has historical standings. Here is a starting point:

Thanks for the info & links. I did try the CFL site but didn't see this link.

But if you look closely at those standing the west played 14 games and the east 12. Wonder what was up with that

In the early 50s the East played 12 games, not sure about the West. Later in the decade the East went to 14 games, the West had 16. The reason it worked that way is an East team played three games each against the other teams in the East, so that's 9, and played one game vs each Western team. The West teams did the same scenario, but it was 3 games vs. each of the other four Western teams, so twelve in their conference, plus one against each of the four Eastern teams.

It stayed that way till the mid-70s, when they went to a balanced schedule and played a home and home vs each of the other eight teams. The scheduling has shifted around a few times since, and of course now they play an 18 game season. Incidentally, that's when they started to call the East and West groupings Divisions instead of Conferences. Also, this change is what precipitated Tony Gabriel's trade to Ottawa from Hamilton.... he objected to the increase in the number of games and felt players in the East ought to get a proportionate increase for the two extra games.

Maybe we should go back to an unbalanced sched - but this time let the Eastern teams play three or four more games. It'll give the Eastern teams a better chance of avoiding the playoff crossover scenario. :wink:

The interlocking schedule, between East and West, didn’t begin until the 1961 season when the East would play each West team only once per season. This lasted for twenty years until the fully interlocking home and home schedule between East and West teams was introduced in the 1981 season.

Thanks for the info. I was wondering why the schedule was so inbalanced. Still makes you wonded how they couldn't do it the way it is now. I guess travel was not so easy than as like today.

There wasn't even a CFL until 1958. There were separate leagues before then so a balanced schedule wasn't something that COULD exist. :slight_smile:

I thought it was before that.