With the CFL season cancelled for 2020, we thought it was the perfect time to share some of the wonderful history of the CFL, their Hall of Fame and more about the Canadian Football League! Next up…we take a visit to the CFL Hall of Fame website and share some wonderful articles with you!
CFL History – Part 2 – The Canadian Football Hall Of Fame by the CFL Hall of Fame Staff
The Canadian Football Hall of Fame was awarded to Hamilton in February 1963 after a successful presentation by Mayor Lloyd D. Jackson. The Parks Board made available a large, old residence near the stadium where the soon to be gathered football treasures could be temporarily housed. Ivan Miller, retired sports editor of The Spectator, was named the first curator.
After being open only a few months, during which time football memorabilia was being received from all over the country, the land and building were sold to the Board of Education. The collection of artifacts were stored away in a safe location as the building was torn down, and a new secondary school built. Over the next seven years many new locations for the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum were considered.
With both the City of Hamilton and the Canadian Football League involved in choosing the new site, reaching an agreement was a formidable task. While discussions continued, and the cost of the project escalated, other cities placed bids to become home to the national shrine.
Even though the Hamilton Board of Control had voted for making a monetary contribution it was a period when the City was committed to fiscal restraint. Over the years tremendous dedication was shown by the City of Hamilton and the CFL, and the citizens continued to rally to the cause. In 1968 a prime location next to City Hall became available and the final round of negotiations began. Hamilton was hosting the Grey Cup game in 1972 and the new glass and marble Hall of Fame building opened during the Grey Cup week festivities.
Each year a Selection Committee of learned football individuals from across the country, elect up to seven individuals for induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Consideration is given in two categories:
BUILDERS: Any person who had made an outstanding contribution to football in Canada other than as a player. A Builder nominee may either be active or inactive at the time of consideration.
PLAYERS: Any person who has played a minimum of five years of amateur or professional football in Canada, and who has achieved outstanding and extraordinary success as a player.
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