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.
^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)
^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