SVG EPS. Top Rated Seller. After the semifinal game, Baltimore ended up defeating the favored Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Winnipeg Stadium 14-12 to become the first American and expansion team to make it to the Grey Cup. Speros not only had to discard tons of purchased merchandise and souvenirs along with an advertising campaign, but also had to quickly change the franchise's official name to the "Baltimore Football Club" (which some just called the "Baltimore CFL's") while keeping the team's distinctive horse's head logo. Baltimore had the upper hand against the Lions, leading 17–10 at halftime and silencing the Lions' faithful; however, the Lions came back in the second half, winning by a score of 26–23 on a last-second Lui Passaglia field goal. Now they are being talked about once again. By keeping the same players from the '94 season, optimism and Grey Cup expectations were high for the Stallions. 1994 CFL Baltimore Stallions Inaugural Season Vs Las Vegas Program. Brand New. Mike Pringle was the team's offensive standout. Popp and Matthews, in turn, brought in experienced CFL players like QB Tracy Ham, RB Mike Pringle, LB O. J. Brigance, DT Jearld Baylis, DE Elfrid Payton. The Baltimore Stallions existed officially for 2 brief years in the CFL, playing just two seasons, 1994 & 1995. Rather than risk being reduced to "minor league" status in Baltimore, Speros announced plans to move the franchise. Pringle also returned 38 kicks for 814 yards, which made him a CFL All-Star, Eastern All-Star, and a Terry Evanshen Trophy winner. The current Alouettes franchise was established in 1996 by the owners of the Baltimore Stallions. However, this strategy collapsed on the week of the South Division final, when longtime Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced he would be moving his team to Baltimore. [4] Although Speros seriously considered whether to keep the Stallions name,[5] he ultimately decided to give up the Stallions franchise and reconstitute his organization as the third and current incarnation of the Montreal Alouettes. Josh Woodrum is the AAF’s Salt Lake Stallions starting quarterback, but he has his eyes on something bigger. SVG EPS. For some 30 years, Baltimore had been home to the Baltimore Colts, a popular NFL team that suddenly moved literally overnight to Indianapolis in 1984. In the playoffs, Baltimore hosted the Toronto Argonauts in the East semifinals at Memorial Stadium and won the game, 34–15. CFL commissioner Larry Smith believed the defending CFL champions would be a better vehicle for bringing the CFL back to Montreal rather than what would have essentially been an expansion team. According to official league records, Speros canceled the Stallions franchise after the 1995 season and reclaimed the dormant Alouettes franchise. Speros kept the Alouettes for only one year before selling the franchise to Robert C. Wetenhall in 1997. He knew Canadian football was very different from the American game, so he made a point of hiring personnel and players with CFL experience. List of Denver Broncos starting quarterbacks, List of Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterbacks. The Stallions were headed to Regina's Taylor Field to face the 15-3 North Division champion Calgary Stampeders, who were led by coach Wally Buono, QB Doug Flutie, and his two top receivers, Allen Pitts and Dave Sapunjis. Brigance, DT Jearld Bayliss, and DE Elfrid Payton. During their run, they were one of the USFL's more popular … Just before the start of the 1995 season, a name-the-team fan poll was held to decide a new team name. Attempting to trade on the city's love for its long-lost Baltimore Colts, Speros adopted a color scheme that added silver to the Baltimore Colts' traditional colors of blue and white, as well as a stylized horse's head logo. $59.99 . $77.71. While the Stallions had been a runaway hit, Speros knew they could not hope to go head-to-head with an NFL team and announced plans to move. C $7.75. Quarterback Tracy Ham with Mike Pringle and Robert Drummond were the most potent backfield in the CFL. However, as soon as the move was announced, local support for the Stallions dried up almost overnight. Although city officials as high as Mayor Kurt Schmoke harbored hope that the Stallions could coexist with Modell's team–which was eventually reconstituted as the Baltimore Ravens–it soon became apparent that there wasn't enough advertising revenue or fan support to go around. Toronto Argonauts 15-3 1996 . Baltimore Stallions- a goal oriented non-profit organization,... Jump to. In addition, their expansion cousins the Las Vegas Posse folded, while the Sacramento Gold Miners relocated to San Antonio as the San Antonio Texans. Soon after the expansion effort failed, entrepreneur and former Washington Redskins assistant Jim Speros was granted a CFL expansion franchise for Baltimore that would play in Memorial Stadium. Furthermore, 27-year old running back, Mike Pringle was the leading rusher with a record 1,972 yards and thirteen touchdowns, narrowly missing becoming the first running back to reach 2,000 yards in the CFL. or Best Offer. Speros made Jim Popp general manager of the new team, and named the legendary Don Matthews as head coach. One of the key strategies in the Lions' victory was limiting Pringle to just 71 rushing yards in the game. The Stars had planned t… They were the most successful American team in the Canadian Football League having two winning seasons, a division title and, in 1995, became the only American team to win the Grey Cup. or Best Offer. In addition to being the most successful of the U.S. CFL teams on the field, Baltimore was far and away the most successful of the CFL's American teams at the box office. Mike Pringle had a slight drop-off from his 1994 numbers by rushing for 1,791 yards, being named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player. In the Grey Cup game, Baltimore was up against the B.C. Brigance, left, during a reunion of the Canadian Football League (CFL) team. Quarterback Tracy Ham with Mike Pringle and Robert Drummond were the most potent backfield in the CFL. C $38.82. C $26.26 shipping. About half the roster, coaches, front-office staff, cheerleaders and fans gathered Sunday night on the Towson University Campus for … C $32.94. However, as discussed below, celebrations for the franchise was short-lived after their Grey Cup triumph. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. In their first two playoff games, Mike Pringle would rush for 165 yards going into the Grey Cup game. 2 were here. It also helped that Memorial Stadium had been originally built to accommodate baseball as well as football. After the game, Tracy Ham became the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player. East Division champions. The Stallions won three games, the biggest a 14-10 playoff victory in which the Baltimore players endured a steady bombardment of snowballs from … For the former and current NFL franchises, see, ill-fated southern expansion effort into the United States, Most Valuable Player of the East Division, Most Outstanding Rookie of the East Division, Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award of the East Division, CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award, CFLPA's Most Outstanding Community Service Award, Comparison of Canadian and American football, "Canadian Football Is Running Out Of Plays", "Baltimore's Forgotten Champions: An Oral History", University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, "CFL's American experiment ends as Stallions move north to Montreal", Only American based team to win the Grey Cup, List of defunct American and Canadian professional football teams, TD Place Stadium / Frank Clair Stadium / Lansdowne Park, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Baltimore_Stallions&oldid=1011751303, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Owner: S and S Sportsco (Sid Spiegel and Gary Stern), This page was last edited on 12 March 2021, at 16:48. O.J. The Grey Cup victory celebration at Inner Harbor went almost unnoticed in the local media. Their success on the field was one obvious factor. However, Pringle's statistics were still better than most running backs' stats in the league that year and he was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player and would rise to the occasion in the playoffs. – after which he would conclude, "...football team."[2]. Just before the start of the 1995 season, a name-the-team fan poll was held to decide a new team name. ", after which he would conclude, "...football team.". Counting the playoffs, the Stallions ended the season on a 16-game winning streak. 1d 4h left (Sun., 03:31 p.m.) 5 bids. Tracy Ham and O.J. C $4.52 shipping. The 1995 Baltimore Stallions season was the second in the history of the Baltimore CFL franchise. Chris Armstrong became the team's top receiver and the defense continued dominating opponents by allowing only 369 points-against, ranking the squad third in team defense. C $7.75 . Only a month after the Stallions' Grey Cup triumph, the state's Maryland Stadium Authority and the City of Baltimore announced that they had reached an agreement with Art Modell, the long-time owner of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League, (NFL) to move his franchise to Baltimore for the 1996 season. They again have money and the support of the city with a solid team led by former Steelers QB Cliff Stoudt who rushed 80 times for 437 yards, keeping defenders guessing near their own goal line. Rookies in italics Despite the Stallions success, attendance dropped. The name change was a convenient one in that it allowed Baltimore's logo and colors to remain unchanged from the 1994 season. Baltimore Stallions owner Jim Speros decided to relocate his team to Montreal as the second incarnation of the Alouettes, after being forced out of Baltimore when the NFL started the Baltimore Ravens. Definitions of 1995 CFL season, synonyms, antonyms, derivatives of 1995 CFL season, analogical dictionary of 1995 CFL season (English) The current Alouettes claim the history of the 1946–1986 Alouettes as their own, and the CFL has retconned the Alouettes as having suspended operations from 1987 to 1995. After the 1995 season, the CFL decided to disband three of its five American franchises and return to its traditional east–west divisional alignment for the 1996 season. Also earning Grey Cups were the Edmonton Eskimos (now Edmonton Football Team) in 1993 and the It heavily wooed the St. Louis Cardinals football team owned by the Bidwill family, but they ultimately moved to Phoenix, Arizona as the Phoenix (later Arizona) Cardinals. +C $4.50 shipping. Owned by real-estate magnate Myles Tanenbaum, they were the short-lived league's dominant team, playing in all three championship games and winning the latter two. [3] At a league meeting on February 2, 1996; Speros was granted permission to move the Stallions to Montreal, effectively ending the American experiment. This would have made the Stallions the only CFL team to compete directly with the NFL. That did not slow down the Stallions, as they defeated the Stampeders, 37–20 to become the first American team to win the Grey Cup, with Tracy Ham becoming the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player. Woodrum has NFL experience and hopes he … Time left. Fan support in Baltimore was driven by a number of factors not present in the CFL's other U.S. markets. After the team's first week of the season being known as the Baltimore Football Club, the fan poll ended and Jim Speros announced to the Baltimore faithful that their team would be known as the Baltimore Stallions. After rolling over Winnipeg 36-21 in the divisional semifinals, Don Matthews and his team easily handled the San Antonio Texans in the Southern finals, winning the game 21-11 to advance to the Grey Cup for the second straight season. The Stallions' Tracy Ham (QB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player and the Stampeders' Dave Sapunjis (SB) was the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian. In the playoffs, the Baltimore franchise hosted the Toronto Argonauts in the East semifinals at Memorial Stadium and won the game, 34-15. The former Philadelphia Stars of the United States Football League (USFL) nominally represented Baltimore in spring 1985. Another major factor in Baltimore's success at the gate was the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike, which wiped out the last two months of the Orioles' season. Optimism became reality as Baltimore continued their on-field dominance from the previous season. Knowing they could not begin to compete with an overwhelmingly more popular brand in their home country, the Stallions' ownership group re-located their football organization to Montreal, reviving the dormant franchise based there as the third and current iteration of the Montreal Alouettes. The two remaining American teams, Baltimore and San Antonio, were to be placed in the CFL's East Division. Popp resigned as general manager at the end of the team's 2016 season. They competed in all three USFL seasons, 1983–1985. Situations changed for the Stallions when the CFL decided to add teams in Memphis and Birmingham. Baltimore had the upper hand against the Lions, leading 17-10 at halftime and silencing the Lions' faithful; however, the Lions came back in the second half, winning by a score of 26-23 on a last-second Lui Passaglia field goal. (Steve Ruark / For The Baltimore Sun) The Stallions also got an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown by Chris Wright and a 4-yard scoring run by Alvin Walton off O.J. Speros's approach to building the team was simple. During the Grey Cup game, the winds at Taylor Field were particularly strong and gusted up to 85 km/h (52.8 mph). In the off-season the Sacramento Gold Miners moved to San Antonio to become … Despite the changes to their name and team re-alignment, the Stallions returned with virtually the same roster for their next season. Buy It Now. Stallions quarterback Tracy Ham responded by throwing 213 yards with a touchdown of his own, while Huerta kicked two more field goals to round out Baltimore's scoring as they dominated the Stampeders for a 37-20 victory to become the first American team to win the Grey Cup. Even though they lacked an official name, the team finished second in the CFL East Division, with a 12–6 regular season record – more wins than any CFL expansion team before or since. or Best Offer. After the team finished the first week of its second season still calling itself "the Baltimore Football Club," the fan poll ended; Speros publicly announced that Baltimore's team would be known as the "Baltimore Stallions". Sixteen former Baltimore Stallions players earned tryouts for NFL teams in 1996.[2]. They traveled to Regina's Taylor Field to face the 15–3 North Division champion Stampeders, who were led by coach Wally Buono, QB Doug Flutie, and his two top receivers, Allen Pitts and Dave Sapunjis. In 1995, they became the only American franchise to win the Grey Cup. In the Grey Cup game, Baltimore was up against the B.C. Owner Jim Speros' approach was simple: he knew that Canadian football was different from the American game, and therefore made a point of hiring personnel and players with CFL experience. After owning the team for one more season Speros sold the Montreal Alouettes to Robert C. Wetenhall in 1997. Baltimore Stallions Logo. Tracy Ham (born January 5, 1964) is a former Canadian Football League quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos, Toronto Argonauts, Baltimore Stallions, and the Montreal Alouettes. Wild Stallions: How a Team From Baltimore Rocked Canadian Football Twenty years ago, a group of American players won the Grey Cup, broke … The Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars were a professional American football team which played in the United States Football League (USFL) in the mid-1980s. The Alouettes have since become one of the league's most successful franchises, winning the Grey Cup in 2002, 2009 and 2010. The CFL decided that with five U.S. teams (including the financially challenged Shreveport Pirates) in their league, it was appropriate to re-align their two divisions and to place all the U.S. teams in the new South Division, while the Canadian teams were in the North Division. The loss of support was so dramatic that the Stallions were forced to basically give away tickets for the South Division final. FB Cookie Gilchrist – Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Donald Igwebuike K 1995. Owner Jim Speros' approach was simple: he knew that Canadian football was different from the American game, and therefore made a point of hiring personnel and players with CFL experience. The boys were back in town 20 years after they became the first team from the states to win the CFL’s Grey Cup (and only team in CFL history). Despite the changes to their name and to the league environment, the Baltimore Stallions returned with virtually the same roster. In addition, the team was ranked third in team scoring and ranked second in team defense. Lions at BC Place Stadium. After Calgary responded by scoring the next 13 points to take a 13-7 lead, Baltimore replied with four consecutive scores, including three Carlos Huerta field goals against the wind, the longest from 53 yards (another Grey Cup record). The Stars had planned to move to Memorial Stadium in fall 1986, but the league failed before this could happen. Was: C $38.75. Baltimore Stallions. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. He also invited the old Baltimore Colts Marching Band, which had stayed together along with the old team's uniformed cheerleaders for over a decade, to play at his games. In the years after the Colts left, Baltimore made two serious bids to get another NFL team. Popp found himself having to rebuild the team from almost nothing. After defeating Winnipeg 36–21 in the divisional semifinals, the Stallions defeated the Texans 21–11 in the South final in what is (as of the 2019 season) the last meaningful CFL game played in the United States. It had significant fan support and strong attendance – averaging 37,347 in 1994 (best in the CFL), and 30,112 in 1995 (second best). C $7.75. Free returns. Replacing the insanely popular Baltimore Colts was always going to be a toll order for the Stallions but team ownership hatched an ingenious plan to bask in the glory of the beloved Colts. The Stallions took control immediately, intercepting Lions QB Kent Austin three times in the first half. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. The exception was the signing of former Posse kicker Carlos Huerta to replace Donald Igwebuike, who moved on to play with Memphis. Stoudt passed for 3,358 yards, completing 266 of 444 attempts with 34 touchdown passes. Free shipping. The exception was the signing of former Posse kicker Carlos Huerta to replace Igwebuike, who moved on to play with Memphis. Popp and Matthews, in turn, brought in experienced players like QB They played their home games at Birmingham, Alabama's Legion Field. $3.99 shipping. Pringle was a playoff workhorse and ran for 484 yards and four touchdowns in all three playoff games. Optimism became reality as Baltimore continued their on-field dominance from the previous season by finishing with a 15-3 regular season record, finishing first in the South Division and tying for the best record in the league with Calgary. Les Stallions de Baltimore, appelés à leur première saison les CFLers de Baltimore puis le Baltimore Football Club, sont une ancienne formation de la Ligue canadienne de football basée à Baltimore aux États-Unis et qui a joué en 1994 et 1995. The Stallions took the Eastern Conference with a 13-5 record, and an 8-1 record at home. The Baltimore Stallions was a Canadian football team based in Baltimore, Maryland, which played the 1994 and 1995 seasons. Tracy Ham QB 1994-1995. However, after being blocked from Memorial Stadium, the Colts' old home, due to objections from the Major League Baseball Baltimore Orioles, they were forced to play well outside the city bounds in College Park. After scouting out Norfolk, Virginia, and Houston, Texas, Speros decided to move the franchise to Montreal and the team became the third incarnation of the Montreal Alouettes. These factors made it the most successful American team in the CFL, especially when they became the 1995 Grey Cup champions. CFL QB Tracy Ham Baltimore Stallions Game Action Photo 8 X 10 Photo Picture. CFL Baltimore Stallions Vintage Defunct Nov.12,1995 Team … He recruited the remaining Baltimore Colts football fan clubs ("Colt Corrals") to follow and support the new CFL franchise. However, the NFL went to court and successfully obtained a legal injunction against the franchise's use of any version of "Colts" in their name just hours before the team was to play its first game. By Zane Miller In seasons 36 through 40 of the Canadian Football League, the Toronto Argonauts took the most championships during this span, winning back-to-back titles in 1996 and 1997. Robert Drummond WR 1994-1995. He was actually very close to moving the franchise to Houston, Texas, to take the place of the NFL's recently departed Houston Oilers in the Astrodome, with then-Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane as a minority partner.[3]. Lions at BC Place Stadium in what amounted to a road game. The team became the first (and to date, only) American-based football team to win the Grey Cup. Popp and Matthews, in turn, brought in experienced players like QB Tracy Ham, RB Mike Pringle, LB O. J. Brigance, DT Jerald Bayliss, DE Elfrid Payton and former National Football League veteran K Donald Igwebuike. He initially called the team the "Baltimore CFL Colts". They ultimately finished with a 15–3 regular season record – first place in the South Division, and tying the Calgary Stampeders for the best record in the CFL. Speros had initially not believed the rumors of Modell courting Baltimore when they cropped up in September. However, under prodding from CFL officials who believed the American experiment was a lost cause, Speros began talks with officials in Montreal. Unlike the other American teams in the CFL, the Baltimore Stallions had a strong fan base and had strong attendance numbers, averaging 37,347 in 1994 (first in the CFL) and 30,112 in 1995 (second in the CFL). After the team finished the first week of its second season still calling itself "the Baltimore Football Club", the fan poll ended; Speros publicly announced that Baltimore's team would be known as the "Baltimore Stallions". With essentially the same team from the 1994 season, optimism and Grey Cup expectations were high for the Stallions. Brigance. Two more United States-based teams were admitted, the Birmingham Barracudas and the Memphis Mad Dogs. X P 9 S K D p Q C T J o 9 n s A o r e d. CFL Baltimore Stallions CFLers Tracy Ham vs Hamilton Tiger Cats 8 X 10 Photo . Aside from imitating over the team’s uniform … Brigance blocked a Calgary punt with just under eight minutes to go in the half; it was scooped up by Alvin Walton at the five. $4.99 shipping. However, after being blocked from Memorial Stadium, the Colts' old home, due to objections from the Major League Baseball Baltimore Orioles, they were forced to play well outside the city bounds in College Park. 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