1995 Baltimore Stallions season

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1995 Baltimore Stallions season
Head coachDon Matthews
Home fieldMemorial Stadium
Local radioWCBM
Results
Record15–3
Division place1st, South
Playoff finishWon Grey Cup
Team MVPMike Pringle
Team ROYChris Wright
Uniform
CFL Jersey BAL 1994.png

The 1995 Baltimore Stallions season was the second in the history of the Baltimore CFL franchise. The team became the first (and to date, only) American-based football team to win the Grey Cup. Despite the Stallions success, attendance dropped. The club only sold 9,000 season tickets.[1]

As it turned out, the 83rd Grey Cup would be the last game the Stallions would ever play. A week before the Grey Cup, the Cleveland Browns announced they were moving to Baltimore. Owner Jim Speros balked at the prospect of competing with an NFL team and opted to move elsewhere. When it became apparent that the CFL was giving up its attempt to gain a foothold in the United States, he opted to move his team to Montreal as the Montreal Alouettes. In doing so, Speros canceled his franchise in Baltimore and revived the 1946-86 Alouettes franchise. As a result, the 1995 season is officially the last season of Stallions history, and the Stallions are officially one of only two Grey Cup champions in the modern era to fold.

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Attendance
1 Sat, June 17 vs. Ottawa Rough Riders 45–11 Win 20,642
2 Sat, June 24 vs. Birmingham Barracudas in Miami at Orange Bowl Stadium 37–0 Win 31,016

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Regular season[edit]

  • After the 1994 season, a name-the-team fan poll was held to decide a new team name. 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.
  • Mike Pringle's rushing totals were 1,791 yards. Compared to his stats in the 1994 season, his yards-per-carry fell by .6 from 6.4 to 5.8. Despite the reduction, his statistics were still the best any back posted in the CFL that year.

Season standings[edit]

South Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Baltimore Stallions 18 15 3 0 541 369 30
San Antonio Texans 18 12 6 0 630 457 24
Birmingham Barracudas 18 10 8 0 548 518 20
Memphis Mad Dogs 18 9 9 0 346 364 18
Shreveport Pirates 18 5 13 0 465 514 10

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Season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Score Result Attendance
1 Fri, June 30 at BC Lions 34–37[4] Loss 23,999
2 Sat, July 8 vs. San Antonio Texans 50–24 Win 31,016
3 Sat, July 15 at San Antonio Texans 28–23 Win 18,112
4 Sat, July 22 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 43–7 Win 30,641
5 Sat, July 29 at Birmingham Barracudas 36–8 Win 30,729
6 Wed, Aug 2 at Edmonton Eskimos 19–12 Win 30,698
6 Sun, Aug 6 at Calgary Stampeders 29–15 Loss 24,609
7 Sat, Aug 12 vs. Memphis Mad Dogs 25–15 Loss 31,221
8 Sat, Aug 19 at Memphis Mad Dogs 16–13 Win 18,249
9 Sat, Aug 26 vs. Toronto Argonauts 41–14 Win 27,853
10 Sat, Sept 2 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 41–14 Win 23,120
11 Sat, Sept 9 vs. Birmingham Barracudas 28–20 Win 29,013
12 Fri, Sept 15 at Shreveport Pirates 24–17 Win 12,445
13 Sat, Sept 23 vs. Shreveport Pirates 42–32 Win 27,321
14 Sun, Oct 1 at Saskatchewan Roughriders 28–24 Win 30,758
15 Sat, Oct 7 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders 29–27 Win 31,421
16 Bye
17 Sat, Oct 21 vs. BC Lions 28–26[4] Win 33,228
18 Sun, Oct 29 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24–17 Win 29,310

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Playoffs[edit]

Mike Pringle ran for 484 playoff yards and four touchdowns in three games. The result was that the Baltimore Stallions made their second straight appearance in the Grey Cup.

Game Date Opponent Score Result Attendance
South Semi-Final Sat, Nov 4 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 36–21 Win 21,040
South Final Sun, Nov 12 vs. San Antonio Texans 21–11 Win 30,217
Grey Cup Sun, Nov 19 Calgary Stampeders 37–20 Win 52,564

Grey Cup[edit]

The 83rd Grey Cup was played between the Baltimore Stallions and the Calgary Stampeders at Taylor Field in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Stallions won the game by a score of 37–20.[6] It marked the only time that an American-based team won the Grey Cup. Not one television station from Baltimore sent a crew to Regina to cover the Grey Cup game.[7] Only 200 fans showed up for the Stallions Grey Cup celebration.[7] As for the Grey Cup game itself, Chris Wright scored a then CFL record 82 yard punt return touchdown.[8] The aforementioned record stood until the 2018 Grey Cup, with Terry Williams returning a punt for 97 yards to conclude the first half. [8]

Awards and honors[edit]

After the season, other Baltimore Stallions' received awards and accomplishments in the CFL, which are:

Relocation to Montreal[edit]

In late 1995, Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced his intention to relocate his NFL club to Baltimore, where they would be rechristened the Baltimore Ravens. This would have made the Stallions the only CFL club ever to directly compete with the NFL, whose season overlaps with the last three months of the CFL season.

In late November, Jim Speros had a Save our Stallions campaign, with January 5 as the deadline to sell 20,000 season tickets.[7] It was revealed that the team was $800,000 in debt.[7]

Stallions owner Jim Speros realized that despite the Stallions' popularity, they could not possibly compete with the NFL. After deals with Norfolk, Virginia and Houston fell through, Speros moved the Stallions to Montreal and revived the old Alouettes name for the 1996 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.199, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3
  2. ^ http://www.profootballarchives.com/1995cflbal.html
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2017-08-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b http://michigan-football.com/cfl/f/brcolumb.htm
  5. ^ http://www.ravensnest1.com/Baltimore%20Stallions.htm
  6. ^ "Canadian Football League (CFL)". The Canadian Encyclopedia
  7. ^ a b c d Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.200, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3
  8. ^ a b "Williams sets Grey Cup record with 97-yard punt return TD - CFL.ca". CFL.ca. 2018-11-25. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-22. Retrieved 2011-05-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-22. Retrieved 2011-05-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)