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36th Grey Cup
1 2 3 4 Total
Calgary Stampeders 0 6 0 6 12
Ottawa Rough Riders 0 7 0 0 7
Date November 27, 1948 1948-11-27
Stadium Varsity Stadium
Location Toronto
Attendance 20,013

The 36th Grey Cup was played on November 27, 1948, before 20,013 fans at Varsity Stadium at Toronto.

The Calgary Stampeders defeated Ottawa Rough Riders 12 to 7.

The game is remembered fondly for being the year in which Calgary fans brought pageantry to the Grey Cup as much as its was Calgary's first Grey Cup victory. Calgary fans created a party atmosphere by staging pancake breakfasts on the steps of City Hall, riding horses into the lobby of the pretigious Royal York Hotel, and starting parades, dances and parties everywhere.

Game Summary

The Calgary defence was able to stop the favoured Rough Rider drives at the 8, 10 and 22 yard lines and hold them scoreless. On one of these Ottawa had successfully faked a punt. On the next possession they ran the fake punt again but Howie Turner was stopped short and Calgary took over at their 46 yard line.

They quickly drove into Ottawa territory and scored on a sleeper play pass from Keith Spaith to Norm Hill in the end zone. This meant that Hill ran over to the far sidelines and flopped on the field, essentially hiding. Everybody in the stadium, excepting the Rough Riders on the field, saw this coming. Hill slipped before he had possession of the ball but he fell on his back and the ball dropped into his hands. Hill's score is sometimes called the "sit-down touchdown".

Bob Paffrath scored a touchdown for the Riders and they scored a single.

In the final quarter Ottawa's Pete Karpuk fumbled a lateral. Calgary's Woody Strode recovered and returned it to the Ottawa eleven yard line. Karpuk did not attempt to recover his own fumble, believing that the whistle had blown. Pete Thodos scored the winning touchdown on an end rush that opened a large hole in the Ottawa defence.


The sleeper play was made illegal in the CFL in 1961.

Calgary's line up was: Archie McGillis (Manager), Woody Strode, Dave Tomlinson, Johny Aguirre, Paul Rowe, Keith Spaith, Dave Berry, Chick Chikowsky, Bill Pullar, Harry Anderson, Jim Mitchener, Chuck Anderson, Rod Pantages, Jack McGill, Jack Grogan (Past President), Rube Ludwig, Bert Iannone, Harry Hood, Fritz Hanson, Normie Kwong, Tom Brook (President), Les Lear (Coach), Pete Thodos, Bill Wusylk, Cliff Kliewer, Dave Adams, Rudy Singer, Bob Leatham, Fred Wilmot, Frank Porteous (Trainer), Bill Sherriff (Equipment Manager), Norm Carter, Cedric Gyles, Norm Hill, Jim Dobbin, Harry Irving.

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