The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the annual Grey Cup in 1953.

1953 in Canadian football
Playoffs
IRFU ChampionsHamilton Tiger-Cats
WIFU ChampionsWinnipeg Blue Bombers
41st Grey Cup
ChampionsHamilton Tiger-Cats
← 1952 Canadian Football Seasons 1954 →

Canadian Football News in 1953

The Canadian Rugby Union was paid in total of $20,500 by three television stations for the rights to show the Grey Cup game live. Edmonton's Billy Vessels (RB), became the first player to win the Schenley Award as the Most Outstanding Player Award. G. Sydney Halter, QC was named as WIFU Commissioner.[1]

For the 1953 season, it was ruled that the ORFU winners would travel west to play the WIFU winners in a semi-final game.[2] This arrangement continued in the 1954 season.

Regular season

Final regular season standings

Source:[3]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

Western Interprovincial Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Edmonton Eskimos 16 12 4 0 276 157 24
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 8 7 1 243 239 17
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 8 8 0 226 226 16
Calgary Stampeders 16 3 12 1 190 313 7
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Montreal Alouettes 14 8 6 0 292 229 16
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 14 8 6 0 229 243 16
Ottawa Rough Riders 14 7 7 0 266 238 14
Toronto Argonauts 14 5 9 0 172 249 10
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 12 8 4 0 218 178 16
Sarnia Imperials 12 8 4 0 231 101 16
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 12 8 4 0 252 145 16
Brantford Redskins 12 0 12 0 73 350 0

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1953

SEMI-FINALS

WIFU Semi-Finals – Game 1
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Date Away Home
October 28 Saskatchewan Roughriders 5 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 43
WIFU Semi-Finals – Game 2
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
Date Away Home
October 31 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 17 Saskatchewan Roughriders 18
ORFU Semi-Finals – Game 1
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers @ Sarnia Imperials
Date Away Home
November 7 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 0 Sarnia Imperials 2
ORFU Semi-Finals – Game 2
Sarnia Imperials @ Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
Date Away Home
November 8 Sarnia Imperials 10 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 18

FINALS

WIFU Finals – Game 1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Edmonton Eskimos
Date Away Home
November 7 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7 Edmonton Eskimos 25
WIFU Finals – Game 2
Edmonton Eskimos @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Date Away Home
November 11 Edmonton Eskimos 17 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 21
WIFU Finals – Game 3
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Edmonton Eskimos
Date Away Home
November 14 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 30 Edmonton Eskimos 24
ORFU Finals – Game 1
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers @ Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen
Date Away Home
November 11 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 6 Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 9
ORFU Finals – Game 2
Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen @ Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
Date Away Home
November 15 Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 12 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 24
IRFU Finals – Game 1
Montreal Alouettes @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Date Away Home
November 18 Montreal Alouettes 12 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 37
IRFU Finals – Game 2
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Montreal Alouettes
Date Away Home
November 22 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 22 Montreal Alouettes 11

Grey Cup Semi-Final

Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Date Away Home
November 21 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 4 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24

Playoff Bracket

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Grey Cup Final
         
 
 
IRFU Montreal Alouettes 12-11
EAST
IRFU Hamilton Tiger Cats 37-22
 
 
IRFU Hamilton Tiger Cats 12
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 6
WIFU Edmonton Eskimos 25-17-24
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7-21-30
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24
WEST
ORFU Toronto Balmy Beach 4
ORFU Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 9-12
ORFU Toronto Balmy Beach 6-24

Grey Cup Championship

November 28

41st Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 6 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 12
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are the 1953 Grey Cup Champions

1953 Eastern (Interprovincial Rugby Football Union) All-Stars

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

1953 Western (Western Interprovincial Football Union) All-Stars

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

1953 Ontario Rugby Football Union All-Stars

NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

1953 Canadian Football Awards

References

  1. ^ "Canadian Football Timelines (1860-2005)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  2. ^ Cosentino, Frank (1969). Canadian Football: The Grey Cup Years. Ontario: The Musson Book Company Limited. p. 147. ISBN 0-77370009-9.
  3. ^ "1953". www.cflapedia.com. Retrieved 2019-10-31.