Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Facts and information about the Hamilton Tiger-Cats

  • The Hamilton Tiger-Cats interesting team name comes from the fact that the city of Hamilton had two football teams (the Flying Wildcats and the Tigers) that merged to form one new club in 1950.
  • The Hamilton Tiger-Cats at one time defeated the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. This took place in the 1960s when the two leagues would play exhibition games and is the only time a CFL team has beaten an NFL team.
  • From 1957 to 1967, a total of eleven seasons, the Tiger-Cats played in the Grey Cub nine times, winning it all on four occasions.
  • In 1873, during their first game against the Toronto Argonauts, the Hamilton football club work black and yellow for the first time.
  • During World War I and World War II, Hamilton suspended operations as a football club.
  • Hamilton won the 1972 Grey Cup 13-10 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the game was decided on a field goal kicked by then 18-year-old kicker Ian Sunter.
  • Ron Lancaster has been the Head Coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on two separate occasions; from 1998 to 2003 and then as the interim coach during the 2006 season.
  • The Hamilton Tiger-Cats won their 1958 season opener 13-7 over the Ottawa Rough Riders. The significance of this game is that it was the first, and so far only time, two Canadian CFL teams played against each other in a regular season game in America.

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