Here is an article from "The Coffin Corner" you may find of interest which chronicles the history of the Argos:
THE TORONTO ARGONAUTS
To World War I
By Robert Sproule (1980)
in association with Bob Braunwart and Bob Carroll
Greater Toronto is the twelfth largest metropolitan area in North America above the Rio Grande. Over the years, it has supported many amateur and professional football teams, but not so long-lasting as the Toronto Argonauts. Formed in 1874 as an amateur rugby team, the Argonauts are the oldest major-league football team in North America.
This article is intended to recount the history of the Double Blue through the First World War and also to introduce American readers to the early history of Canadian football.
The Argonauts were not the first non-college football team organized in Canada, but they are the oldest such team which still survives. The team was formed in September 1874, just four months after the famous Harvard-McGill match, as an adjunct to the Toronto Argonaut Rowing Club. The team was intended to provide off-season activity for the scullers, in order to keep them in shape for the next competitive rowing season.
The first season consisted of a series of games with a team in Hamilton, Ontario, but in 1875 a loosely organized proto- league was formed with additional teams from Guelph, London, Port Hope, St. Catherines and Stratford (all in Ontario).
In 1880 the traditional rugby scrum was abandoned in favor of a scrimmage in which the ball was put into play by the foot of a player known as the "centre scrim". So that he could more easily maintain his balance while trying to pass the ball back with his foot (and simultaneously fend off charging opponents), he was assisted by a "scrim support" on each side. These players actually held the centre scrim in a vertical position while he put the ball into play.
The O.R.F.U Years
Honest-to-goodness league organization had to wait until the 1883 season. (This is still nearly forty years before the city teams in the United States became organized into a league.) That year representatives of the Argonauts, the University of Toronto, Upper Canada College and Trinity College met in Toronto and organized the Ontario Rugby Football Union. The Canadian Rugby Union had been formed the previous year. Until 1958 it sponsored the postseason interleague tournament which determined the Canadian national champions. William H. Merit of Toronto was the first president of each of the unions.
In two playoff games with the University of Toronto at the end of the 1883 season, the Argos won the O.R.F.U. championship series 23-3, making them the first champions of any organized football league in North America. They then went on the defeat Ottawa City of the Quebec Rugby Football Union 9-7 for the first Dominion championship.
In 1884 the Argonauts blasted the University of Toronto 24-4 in a two-game league championship series, but in the Dominion championship game they lost 30-0 to the Montreal Football Club.
Playing a five-game schedule in 1885, the Argos needed a late-season win over the University of Toronto t get into the title game, but Varsity proved too strong, stopping the Scullers 33-0.
Toronto was completely dominant in the O.R.F.U. the next season, as they won all four games. They encountered a surprisingly strong Ottawa College team in the title game, losing 13-1. Eighteen eighty-seven was a bad year for the Argos, as they were eliminated by a strong Trinity College team. The following year proved no better as the Argos won only two of five games. However, in 1889 they played only two games and won them both. Stratford fell 45-0 and the Hamilton Football Club was trounced 46-0. Halfback Gordy Muntz scored four tries against Hamilton. In the 1889 title match Ottawa College stopped the Double Blue 17-2.
Eighteen ninety and 1891 were low years for the Argonauts as other teams in the schedule proved too strong and the Scullers were eliminated after the first two or three games. The games in the 1880's and 1890's were elimination games to determine the top two teams for the title match. A.H. Campbell, Jr., former Argo player and Toronto's representative to the C.R.U. was elected president of that organization in 1891.
In 1892 the scoring system was modified. Four points were awarded for a try (touchdown), two for a goal from a try (convert), five for a goal from a drop kick (field goal), four for a goal from a flying kick or a free (penalty) kick, two for a safety touch and one for a rouge, touch-in-goal or deadline kick (single).
The Argonauts fielded a strong team in 1892. They were 4-0- 0 in league play, including a 94-0 victory over the London Rugby Club. This is the largest score ever recorded in a Canadian senior game, and the thirteen touchdowns also constitute a record. It was in this game that Jimmy Parkyn scored an all-time record 43 points on two tries, ten converts, one field goal and ten singles. Nevertheless, the team again lost in the playoffs, this time 15-1 to Hamilton.
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario was the problem in 1893 as the dispatched the Argonauts 28-3 as they dispatched the Argonauts 28-3 and 27-7 in the playoff series. Billy Wood retired after the 1893 season. He held the team career scoring record with 84 points until Lionel Conacher surpassed that in 1921.
In 1894 and 1895 the Argonauts and a Hamilton entry were the only O.R.F.U. members and Hamilton won the championship both years. Games were shortened to 80 minutes from 90 minutes in 1895.
Halfback J. Cartwright rushed for four touchdowns in a game against Hamilton and Male had four in another game, but the University of Toronto Varsity later eliminated the Argonauts 43-6 and 18-16 in the 1896 playoffs. Pud Kent, who was later to coach the team, joined as a player in 1897.
The Argonauts' next postseason appearance was not until 1900, when they lost to the Ottawa Rough Riders 20-12. The outstanding performance of this season was by Pug Hardesty, who was later to gain fame with the Calgary Tigers of 1911. Against Hamilton October 18, Pug ran 12 times for 180 yards, including one 75-yarder. He scored 12 points in a 27-12 victory over the Tigers.
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