Chuck Anderson (Canadian football)

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Chuck Anderson
Nickname(s) "Buit", "Chuck"
Date of birth: (1917-09-29)September 29, 1917
Place of birth: Ramer, Alabama, USA
Date of death: February 13, 1975(1975-02-13) (aged 57)
Place of death: Louisville, Ohio, USA
Career information
Position(s): Guard, center, end
College: Ohio State
Organizations
As player:
1948
1949-1950, 1952
1953
Calgary Stampeders
Montreal Alouettes
Ottawa Rough Riders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1948
Honors: 1948, 1949 - Grey Cup Champion

Charles Clay (Chuck) Anderson (September 29, 1917 – February 13, 1975) was an all-star and Grey Cup champion Canadian Football League player.

Biography[edit]

Anderson graduated from Ohio State and turned pro in 1945 and 1946 with the Hollywood Bears in the Pacific Coast Football League (along with future CFL opponent Ezzert Anderson.)[1] After playing with the Los Angeles Bulldogs of the PCFL (in 1947) he took his multi-talented skills (he could play any position on the offensive line) to Canada, where he won a Grey Cup in 1948 with the undefeated Calgary Stampeders. In a twist of fate, he joined the Montreal Alouettes the next season and defeated his former (championship) team to win another Grey Cup.[2] He played with the Larks for 3 seasons (missing 1951 after a tryout with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats) and finished his career with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1953.[3]

Following the path blazed by Herb Trawick, the first African-American player in the CFL, Anderson was among the first to break the colour barrier. He died after an illness of 2 and a half years in a hospital in Louisville, Ohio, on February 13, 1975.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Not Only the Ball Was Brown: BLACK PLAYERS IN MINOR LEAGUE FOOTBALL, 1933-46 by Bob Gill and Tod Maher, THE COFFIN CORNER: Vol. 11, No. 5 (1989)
  2. ^ Unfortunately, Anderson did not get to play in the Grey Cup game. Though he played a full season and was "outstanding" in the playoffs, Canadian Rugby Union rules restricted the Alouettes to 5 import players, not the usual 7 under the Big Four rules. Both he and Lloyd Reese were forced to watch the game from the sidelines. See: Import Rule puts Bronco Reese, Chuck Anderson out of Football Playoffs by Vern DeGeer, The Montreal Gazette, November 15, 1949
  3. ^ [1] CFLAPEDIA entry - Chuck Anderson
  4. ^ "Ex-Tiger grid star 'Buit' Anderson dies". The Evening Independent. February 13, 1975. p. 3. Retrieved December 19, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read