Ted ‘The Moaner’ Reeve was born in Toronto before the turn of the last century. He was a champion lacrosse and hockey player, who also excelled on the football field.
After serving as a soldier in the First World War Reeve returned home and attempted to break into the pro ranks of the Canadian Rugby Union, now the Canadian Football League, as a halfback.
He played with the Toronto Argonauts in 1923. That year the Argos finished in second place with a 3-1-2 record, before losing to the powerful Queen's University Golden Gaels squad in the playoffs.
Queen’s then shutout Regina 54-0 in the Grey Cup game.
Reeve eventually went on to win two Grey Cup titles with Toronto Balmy Beach in 1927 and 1930.
He is member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a player and is also a member of the Football Reporters of Canada Hall of Fame.
|Dr. Smirle Lawson
Dr. Smirle Lawson was the original "Big Train" and won the inaugural Grey Cup with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in 1909. He then went on to captain the Toronto Argonauts from 1911 to 1914.
Lawson was a medical officer and went on to be Ontario's Chief Coroner from 1937 to 1962.
He is member of the Canadian Football League and Canada's Sports Halls of Fame.
Lawson enlisted in the CEF on Feb. 14, 1916, at the Ontario Military Hospital, where he was serving as a Captain (he was a physician/surgeon).
He saw prior service with the Royal Medical Corps in 1912.
|Don (Shanty) McKenzie
Don McKenzie played for the Toronto Argonauts in 1940 and 1941 before serving five years in the military during the Second World War. While in combat he served with Conn Smythe's 30th (Sportsman) Battery. During the war McKenzie rose to the rank of Sargeant Major.
Upon returning home he again played with the Argos from 1950 to 1953. McKenzie eventually went to work for Smythe at Maple Leaf Gardens, where he spent 40 years before retiring as the building's superintendent.
McKenzie was also a member of the Canadian Army team that defeated the American Army team in White City Stadium in London, England in 1944. The game was played using half-Canadian and half-American rules before an estimated crowd of 50,000.
The Canadian Army won 15-5.
Royal Copeland was an outstanding student athlete at Humberside Collegiate in Toronto. As a halfback he played for the Toronto Navy – HMSC York in 1944.
The Navy team was not a member of the Canadian Rugby Union and as a result could only play an exhibition schedule. Despite this, Copeland and his teammates defeated the eventual Grey Cup champion Montreal St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy Combines.
In 1945, Copeland signed with the Toronto Argonauts and won three consecutive Grey Cup titles between 1945 and 1947. He scored at least one touchdown in each of the three games.
In 1949, Copeland left the Argos and played for Calgary Stampeders for two seasons before re-joining the Argos in 1952. That year he won his fourth title, and retired after the 1956 season.
He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
|Joe (King) Krol
Joe Krol was better known by the nickname King during his playing days. He will forever be remembered as a key part of one of the Canadian Football’s great one-two punches.
Krol, a halfback, combined with Royal Copeland (see above) to form the Gold Dust Twins, one of the best combinations in Canadian football history.
Krol won five Grey Cup championships in his stint with the Toronto Argonauts (1945-47, 1950 and 1952), as well as a sixth in 1943 with Hamilton Flying Wildcats.
Unlike many of his teammates, Krol did not serve overseas in the Second World War. He did enlist, but four days after signing up he was diagnosed with a perforated eardrum.
Krol was one of the first players inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
Les Ascott was a tackle, won five Grey Cup championships with the Toronto Argonauts. The Peterborough native played a year in his hometown with the Ontario Rugby Football Union in 1939 before joining the Argos in 1940.
In 1942, Ascott joined the Navy, and was stationed in Toronto and then Halifax. Les was a first-class stoker, charged with looking after the ship's engines.
After his service in the Second World War he returned to the Argos in 1945 and went on to pick up five Grey Cup rings.
Ascott is a member of the Peterborough Sports Hall of Fame
Don Durno played with the Montreal Bulldogs as a defensive end in 1941. An aspiring hockey player who had played in Europe prior to the Second World War, Durno was trying to stay in shape when he attended the Bulldogs training camp.
In 1942, he won a Grey Cup championship with the Royal Canadian Air Force Hurricanes team that defeated the RCAF Bombers of Winnipeg 8-5.
Durno spent three-and-a-half years with the RCAF as a physical training instructor before moving West to play for Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1943. In Winnipeg he was named an all-star defensive end.
In 1948, Durno signed with the Toronto Argonauts.
Steve Levantis played for Toronto Argonauts (1936 to 1941 and 1945 to 1949) and for St Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy Combines in 1944.
Playing the guard position Levantis won six Grey Cup championships with Toronto (1937, 1938, 1945, 1946, and 1947) and one with the Combines in 1944.
Steve Pruski won two Grey Cup championships with the Toronto Argonauts in 1945 and 1946, after playing for the victorious Navy teams during the Second World War.
The linebacker was in the Royal Canadian Air Force ground crew that was stationed near Ottawa.
|Rodgers (Tuffy) Smith
Rodgers Smith was a centre with the Toronto Argonauts, who served four-and-a-half years during the Second World War.
He was stationed with the Royal Canadian Air Force 405 bomber squadron, which was the only Canadian squadron to be affiliated with the Pathfinders elite allied force.
Smith played on the Argos 1945 Grey Cup championship team.
Quarterback Tom Waldon played on the Toronto Argonauts Grey Cup winning teams in 1945 and 1946.
After attending high school at North Toronto, he played six games for Toronto Balmy Beach in the Ontario Rugby Football Union in 1942. Two years later, he played for Toronto Navy – HMCS York with future Argo, Royal Copeland, and Coach Teddy Morris.
Waldon became the Argos starting quarterback in 1945 before enrolling at the University of Toronto.
In 1949, he played for Hamilton Tigers.
As a halfback Art Skidmore contributed to the Toronto Argonauts ground attack, however, the rest of his life revolved around the air.
He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 from Toronto’s Danforth Technical High School. After receiving his pilot training, Skidmore served in England and India during the Second World War.
When the war ended five years later, he joined the Argos and won three consecutive Grey Cup titles in 1945, 1946, and 1947.
In 1950, he went back to the RCAF as the Cold War was heating up.
The RCAF wanted experienced pilots to test their F-86 Sabres. Skidmore was stationed in France for four years and was an instructor at Canadian Forces Base Trenton for another six years.
He retired from the RCAF in 1968.
Frank Morris was a lineman with Toronto Navy – HMCS York in 1942 and Halifax Navy Stadacona from 1943 to 1944. He joined the Toronto Argonauts in 1945 and won three Grey Cups with them (1945, 1946, 1947).
Morris then went West with Annis Stukus to play for the Edmonton Eskimos.
In Edmonton he won three more Grey Cups in 1954, 1955 and 1956. He remained with the Eskimos until 1958.
He re-joined the Eskimos in 1970 and became the team’s legendary "bird-dog." The players Morris scouted for the Eskimos earned the club (and himself) six more Grey Cup titles including the five consecutive from 1978 to 1982 (a total of 12 for Morris overall).
He is member of the Eskimos Wall of Honour and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Morris's brother Elwyn (Moe) played for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1943 to 1946 and the New York Rangers in 1948-49. Moe was a Stanley Cup winner in 1944-45.
Annis Stukus played for Toronto Navy – HMCS York in 1944 and then went West in 1949 to help organize the Edmonton Eskimos.
He remained in Edmonton for three seasons before heading to Vancouver to help organize and coach the BC Lions in 1953.
Stukus won two Grey Cups as a player with the Toronto Argonauts in 1937 and 1938.
The CFL Coach of the Year Trophy is named for him and he is a member of the BC Place Wall of Fame, Canadian Football, Football Reporters of Canada and Canada's Sports Halls of Fame.
Bill Stukus played fro the RCAF Hurricanes from 1942 to 1944, winning a Grey Cup in 1942. He previously played for the Toronto Argonauts with his brothers Annis and Frank from 1936 to 1941. He re-joined the Argos in 1947.
Stukus won Grey Cups in 1937, 1938 and 1947.