TRADITION

The Beginning

1909 Football in Calgary dates back to 1909 with the emergence of the Calgary Tigers in the newly-formed Alberta Rugby Union. The Tigers were a dominant force in provincial football for four years as they captured the Western Canadian Crown in 1911.
1915 The Tigers gave way to a new team in Calgary — the Calgary Canucks — that only played until 1919, because of World War I. An official league was never formed.
1923 Football returned to Calgary. The "Fiftieth Battalion" was formed, named for the military battalion that provided organization support.
1924 The Fiftieth won the Alberta title but was downed by Winnipeg in the Western final.
1928 Football in Calgary took a four-year hiatus until the Tigers resurfaced in 1928, and made history that year with the first forward pass in Canadian football.
1931 The Calgary Altomahs began a four-year existence, playing at the 2,000-seat Mewata Stadium.
1935 The Altomahs gave way to the Calgary Bronks in 1935, and became part of the Western Inter-Provincial Football Union (W.I.P.F.).
1938 The Bronks took the league championship in 1938.
1940 Senior football in Calgary ended in 1940 when World War II began.
 

The Stamps (and champs) are born

 
1945 The Stamps played their first game on Oct. 27, 1945 in Regina against the Roughriders. The result was a 3-1 win. There was no regular season in 1945 and after beating Regina 15-1 in a two-game total-point series, Calgary lost to Winnipeg in the West final.
1948 A perfect season! The Stamps rolled through the regular season with a 12-0 record before dispatching the Ottawa Rough Riders 12-7 in the Grey Cup. Normie Hill and Pete Thodos scored for the champs to conclude the only undefeated season in CFL history.
1948 Stamps fans who made the trip to Toronto were responsible for turning Grey Cup into the week-long party it is today. Several faithful traveled by train to Toronto and a classic bit of Grey Cup folklore is Calgary alderman Don Mackay riding a horse into the lobby of the Royal York Hotel.
1949 Calgary's winning streak continued until Oct. 22, when a 9-6 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders halted the run at 22 triumphs. It's a record that still stands. The Stamps got to the Grey Cup again but lost 28-15 to the Montreal Alouettes in Toronto.

Growing Up

1958 Don Luzzi became the first Calgary player to win a CFL Award when he was named the league's Outstanding Lineman.
1960 George McMahon was elected president of the Stamps and, soon after, plans for a new stadium were announced and construction began. Within 103 days, the club had a sparkling new home and Stamps directors named it McMahon Stadium, after George and his brother Frank. Calgary lost its new-home debut, 38-23 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
1961 Earl "Earthquake" Lunsford set a CFL record by rushing for 1,794 yards in a season. The mark stood until Stamps running back Willie Burden rolled up 1,896 yards in 1975.
1961 Tony Pajaczkowski won the CFL Award as Top rookie and fellow Stampeder Harvery Wylie took the award a year later.
1964 Running back Lovell Coleman became the first Stampeder to win the Schenley Award as the CFL's Most Outstanding Player.
1966 Hall of Fame linebacker Wayne "Thumper" Harris was voted the league's best defensive player for the second year in a row.
1967 Harris was the recipient of the first President's Ring — an award voted on by players and awarded to the Calgary player who best combines performance, sportsmanship and contribution to the team. Quarterback Peter Liske was the league's Most Outstanding Player.
1967 Head coach Jerry Williams became the first Red and White boss to win the Annis Stukus Trophy, which goes to the CFL's top coach of the year. Williams guided the Stamps to a 12-4 record, following a 6-9-1 mark in 1966.
1968 The white running horse logo was worn on Calgary helmets for the first time.
1968 Nearly 20 seasons after their last Grey Cup appearance, the Stamps returned to face the Ottawa Rough Riders in Toronto. After taking a 14-4 halftime lead — thanks to a Terry Evanshen touchdown catch and a Liske run — the Stamps unraveled in the second half. Ottawa quarterback Russ Jackson would do just enough to beat Calgary 24-21.
1970 After finishing third in the West Division with a 9-7 record, the Stamps played four post-season games to earn a Grey Cup date against the Montreal Alouettes in Toronto. Hugh McKinnis scored an early touchdown run but it would prove to be Calgary's only major in a 23-10 defeat.
1971 For the third time in four years, the Stamps made it to the championship match. This was the first with a happy ending. Facing the Toronto Argonauts in Vancouver, Hall of Fame receiver Herm Harrison opened the scoring on 14-yard pass from Hall of Fame quarterback Jerry Keeling. Jesse Mims also had a scoring run and the Stamps fended off Toronto — with help of the infamous "Leon McQuay Fumble" — for a 14-11 triumph and the second title in franchise history. Harris was the MVP and defensive lineman Dick Suderman was the Top Canadian.
1971 Harris was voted the league's best defensive player for the second year in a row.
1974 Stamps defensive lineman John Helton, a future Hall of Famer, was named Top Defensive Player in the CFL. Two years earlier, he was named the CFL's Top Lineman.
1975 The Stampeders and City of Calgary hosted the Grey Cup for the first time. The Edmonton Eskimos defeated the Montreal Alouettes 9-8 at McMahon Stadium, as Canadian kickers (Dave Cutler for Edmonton and Don Sweet for the Als) accounted for all the points.
1975 Willie Burden set a CFL record with 1,896 rushing yards in a single season. Mike Pringle would twice surpass that total (1994 and 1998) but Burden's average of 118.5 yards per game remains the best ever. Burden's total came in 16 games, while Pringle established the CFL record of 2,065 in 1998 in an 18-game season (114.7 average).
1976 The worst season in franchise history — 2-12-2 — under head coach Bob Baker and in-season replacement Joe Tiller.
1978 After a seven-year absence from the post-season, Calgary returned and pounded Winnipeg 38-4 in the West Division semifinal. A week later, the Stamps lost to Edmonton in the West final.
1979 The Stamps defeated the B.C. Lions 37-2 in the West Division semifinal but a long drought ensued . . . they wouldn't win another playoff game until 1991.

Quiet Times

1986 One bright spot in a generally dismal decade came when defensive tackle Harold Hallman won the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award and was named to the All-Canadian team.
1986 The Stampeder franchise was on the verge of folding. The organization started an "S.O.S" (Save Our Stamps) drive that created 22,400 season tickets and saved the team.
1989 After going 10 years without a playoff game at McMahon Stadium, the Stamps returned with a home date against Saskatchewan in the West Division semifinal. The thrill was short-lived, as the 'Riders won 35-26.

The Wally Era

1990 Stamps president Normie Kwong hired Wally Buono, an assistant with the club, as head coach and the club's fortunes began a rapid upward ascent.
1990 Calgary finished first in the West Division for the first time since 1971 but lost to Edmonton in the West final.
1991 Calgary businessman Larry Ryckman privatized the Calgary Stampeder Football Club on Oct. 23 and became its sole owner.
1992 Four months after taking over the Stamps, Ryckman hired quarterback Doug Flutie to a personal services contract and the foundation was built for a dynasty through the decade. As a member of the Stamps, Flutie won CFL MVP honours in 1992, 1993 and 1994.
1992 Led by Flutie's 480 passing yards, the Stamps defeated Winnipeg 24-10 to win the third Grey Cup in club history. Flutie was the MVP and Stamps slotback Dave Sapunjis was the Top Canadian.
1995 The Stamps celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 22 with an 18-15 win over Saskatchewan.
1995 Calgary returned to the Cup but lost 37-20 to the Baltimore Stallions who became the first, and only, American team ever to win the league championship.
1995 Dave Sapunjis was named CFL's Top Canadian for the second time in three seasons.
1996 Calgary businessman Sig Gutsche, through a successful bid, became the club's second private owner.
1996 Running back Kelvin Anderson became the second Calgary player to earn CFL Top Rookie honours. He rushed for 1,068 yards and 10 touchdowns on 240 carries.
1998 Grey Cup No. 4 was earned at Winnipeg Stadium. A last-play, 35-yard field goal by Mark McLoughlin gave the Stamps a 26-24 triumph over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Jeff Garcia went on to National Football League fame after earning MVP honours in the win. Slotback Vince Danielsen was the Top Canadian.
1998 Fred Childress became the first — and only — Stamps offensive lineman to win the CFL award for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman.
2000 With nine receptions against Winnipeg on Aug. 16, Allen Pitts passed Don Narcisse on the all-time CFL receptions list. A year earlier, Pitts set CFL records for receiving yards and touchdown catches. He retired after the 2000 season with 966 catches for 14,891 yards and 117 touchdown receptions.
2000 The heavily-favoured Stamps lost to the B.C. Lions in the West final at McMahon Stadium and blew a chance to play a Grey Cup in their own ballpark. A week later, quarterback Dave Dickenson was named the league's Most Outstanding Player.
2001 Gutsche entered into an agreement with California businessman Michael Feterik, who became the third private owner in club history.
2001 Led by Grey Cup MVP Marcus Crandell and a tenacious defence, the Stamps upset Winnipeg 27-19 for their fifth championship. Aldi Henry was the Top Canadian after blocking a punt that swung the game's momentum.
2003 Defensive tackle Joe Fleming became the first defensive player since Harris to receive CFL Top Defensive Player honours.
2003 After 153 wins in 13 seasons at the helm, Buono left the Stamps because of the meddling and unorthodox ownership methods of Feterik. Two new coaches — Jim Barker and Matt Dunigan — failed to bring success in the ensuing years.
2004 Nik Lewis was Calgary's third CFL Rookie off the Year after catching 72 passes for 1,045 yards and eight touchdowns.

Moving Forward

2005 A group of Calgary businessmen comprised of former players and community-minded individuals purchased the club from Feterik and began pointing it back towards to its former glory. Ted Hellard, Doug Mitchell and John Forzani were among the group's more public faces, while Sapunjis and Bob Viccars were among the former Stamps players.
2007 The Stamps played their 1,000th game in franchise history — a 45-45 overtime draw with the B.C. Lions at McMahon Stadium on Aug. 17.
2008 After three years of decent regular seasons but no playoff success, former Stamps quarterback and offensive coordinator John Hufnagel was brought back to the club as head coach/general manager. He was given a long-term contract and complete control of all football matters. The result was a 13-5 record and first place in the West Division, a West Final win over the BC Lions and a Grey Cup championship thanks to a victory against Montreal.
2010 The Stampeders celebrate their 65th anniversary as well as the 50th anniversary of McMahon Stadium.
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