|Date of birth:||1922|
|Place of birth:||Greensboro, NC|
|Date of death:||September 28, 1967(aged 45)|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||180 lb (82 kg)|
|College:||University of Nevada, Reno & Tennessee State University|
Ottawa Rough Riders
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
Career highlights and awards
|Honors:||Grey Cup champion - 1950 & 1952|
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Bass attended University of Nevada, Reno and Tennessee State University, and was surrounded in controversy when a Nevada, Reno game was canceled because Mississippi State University's football team would not play them because Bass (and another teammate) were "Negroes". He started his pro career with the Chicago Rockets of the AAFC, where in 1947 he rushed for 44 yards and caught 8 passes for 79 yards. He then moved to Canada, where he played 11 games with the Montreal Alouettes. After trying out with the Rockets in 1949, he then moved on to the Toronto Argonauts where he would play 45 regular season and 9 playoff games in 4 seasons, also being selected an All-Star in 1951. He was also part of their 1950 and 1952 Grey Cup teams. Import player rules cost him his position with the Boatmen, but he played 1954 with the Ottawa Rough Riders and was player coach with the Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers in his final season.
Bill Bass was one of the first group of African-American players to break the colour barrier in Canadian football, following the path blazed by Herb Trawick. He died September 28, 1967, only 45 years old.