Bob Cosgrove

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Bob Cosgrove
Career information
Position(s) Center, Guard, Tackle
College University of Montana
Career history
As player
1938-40 Calgary Bronks
1941 Toronto Argonauts
1942 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
1943 Toronto RCAF Hurricanes
1945-46 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
1947 Toronto Indians
1948 Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers
1949 Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1941, 1942, 1943, 1945
Awards 1943 - Imperial Oil Trophy

Bob Cosgrove was an award winning and all-star offensive lineman in the Ontario Rugby Football Union.[1]

A graduate of the University of Montana Cosgrove began his football career in the WIFU with the Calgary Bronks. He turned professional in the east with Toronto Argonauts in 1941,[2] but moved to the ORFU the next season with the Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers, where he was an all-star.

Perhaps his best season was 1943 with the wartime Toronto RCAF Hurricanes, when he was again an all-star and winner of the Imperial Oil Trophy as the ORFU most valuable player.[3]

Cosgrove later played for several Toronto teams: the Beachers, the Toronto Indians, the Beachers again when they merged with the Indians, and finally another year with the Argos (he played 13 regular season and 2 playoff games with the Boatmen in his two years).[4]


  1. ^ CFLAPEDIA entry: Bob Cosgrove
  2. ^ Toronto Argonauts 2008 Media Guide
  3. ^ Nominees Named for Rugby Award Edmonton Journal, November 10, 1943
  4. ^ Toronto Argonauts 2008 Media Guide