1952 in Canadian football

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Events in Canadian football in 1952.

The Canadian Rugby Union received television revenue for the first time when it was paid $7,500 by CBC for the rights to televise the Grey Cup game. CBLT Toronto was the only station to carry the game live.

The WIFU increased their games to 16 per team.

Regular season[edit]

Final regular season standings[edit]

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
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 12 3 1 394 211 25
Edmonton Eskimos 16 9 6 1 291 280 19
Calgary Stampeders 16 7 9 0 293 340 14
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 3 13 0 216 363 6
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 12 9 2 1 268 162 19
Toronto Argonauts 12 7 4 1 265 191 15
Ottawa Rough Riders 12 5 7 0 200 238 10
Montreal Alouettes 12 2 10 0 136 278 4
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Sarnia Imperials 12 11 1 0 312 68 22
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 11 8 3 0 215 156 16
Brantford Redskins 10 2 10 0 100 189 4
Windsor Royals 9 0 9 0 60 274 0
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Winnipeg has a bye and will play in the WIFU Finals.
  • The last three Windsor Royals games were canceled, leading to an uneven number of games played. The Royals stopped competing in the ORFU after this season.

Grey Cup playoffs[edit]

Note: All dates in 1952

SEMI-FINALS[edit]

WIFU Semi-Finals – Game 1
Edmonton Eskimos @ Calgary Stampeders
Date Away Home
October 22 Edmonton Eskimos 12 Calgary Stampeders 31
WIFU Semi-Finals – Game 2
Calgary Stampeders @ Edmonton Eskimos
Date Away Home
October 25 Calgary Stampeders 7 Edmonton Eskimos 30
  • Edmonton won the total-point series by 42–38. The Eskimos will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the WIFU Finals.

FINALS[edit]

WIFU Finals – Game 1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Edmonton Eskimos
Date Away Home
November 1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28 Edmonton Eskimos 12
WIFU Finals – Game 2
Edmonton Eskimos @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Date Away Home
November 8 Edmonton Eskimos 18 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12
WIFU Finals – Game 3
Edmonton Eskimos @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Date Away Home
November 11 Edmonton Eskimos 22 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 11
  • Edmonton wins the best of three series 2–1. The Eskimos will advance to the Grey Cup game.
ORFU Finals – Game 1
Sarnia Imperials @ Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
Date Away Home
November 9 Sarnia Imperials 41 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 12
ORFU Finals – Game 2
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers @ Sarnia Imperials
Date Away Home
November 15 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 7 Sarnia Imperials 24
  • Sarnia won the total-point series by 65–19. The Imperials will play the Toronto Argonauts in the Grey Cup Semi-Final.
IRFU Finals – Game 1
Toronto Argonauts @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Date Away Home
November 15 Toronto Argonauts 22 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 6
IRFU Finals – Game 2
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Toronto Argonauts
Date Away Home
November 19 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 27 Toronto Argonauts 11
IRFU Finals – Game 3
Toronto Argonauts @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Date Away Home
November 22 Toronto Argonauts 12 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7
  • Toronto wins the best of three series 2–1. The Argonauts will play the Sarnia Imperials in the Grey Cup Semi-Final.

Grey Cup Semi-Final[edit]

Sarnia Imperials @ Toronto Argonauts
Date Away Home
November 26 Sarnia Imperials 15 Toronto Argonauts 34
  • The Toronto Argonauts will advance to the Grey Cup game.

Playoff Bracket[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Grey Cup Final
                 
IRFU Hamilton Tiger Cats 6-27-7
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 22-11-12
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 34
EAST
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 15
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 41-24
ORFU Toronto Balmy Beach 12-7
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 21
WIFU Edmonton Eskimos 11
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers
WIFU BYE
WIFU Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28-12-1
WEST
WIFU Edmonton Eskimos 12-18-22
WIFU Edmonton Eskimos 12-30
WIFU Calgary Stampeders 31-7

Grey Cup Championship[edit]

November 29

40th Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity Stadium – Toronto

WIFU Champion IRFU Champion
Edmonton Eskimos 11 Toronto Argonauts 21
The Toronto Argonauts are the 1952 Grey Cup Champions
  • Note: WIFU Semi-Final, as well as Eastern Playoff dates are not confirmed, however since [1] the regular season ended October 18 in the West, and November 8 in the East, and [2] WIFU Final dates, as well as Grey Cup date are accurate, it is reasonable to assume the above dates are accurate.

1952 Eastern (Interprovincial Rugby Football Union) All-Stars[edit]

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

1952 Western (Western Interprovincial Football Union) All-Stars[edit]

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

1st Team[edit]

2nd Team[edit]

1952 Ontario Rugby Football Union All-Stars[edit]

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

1952 Canadian Football Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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