August 27, 2015

Tiger-Cats officially retire Angelo Mosca’s no. 68

Adam Gagnon Staff

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats held a special halftime ceremony to honour one of the best to don the Black and Gold, retiring Angelo Mosca’s no. 68 tonight.

Mosca joins Bernie Falony (10) as the only Tiger-Cat to have his jersey number retired by the organization.

“On behalf of our Board of Governors and the entire Canadian Football League community, I want to congratulate Angelo Mosca on a well-deserved honour as Hamilton retires his number 68. An all-time Tiger-Cat great, a five-time Grey Cup Champion, and Canadian Football Hall of Famer – his achievements have spanned generations. Angelo is a living legend in our great game and he has thrilled so many who watched him play. Congratulations, Angelo!”

Mosca shares the CFL record with Ticat John Barrow for having played in nine Grey Cup games, winning four Grey Cup championships with Hamilton and one with Ottawa. The five-time all star played for the Tiger-Cats in 1958 and 1959, and again from 1963-72, appearing in 168 regular season and 19 playoff games. Mosca also played with Ottawa (1960-61) and Montreal (1962). He was enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Following his retirement from the Ticats in 1972, Mosca embarked on a successful career in professional wrestling that lasted more than a decade. Tim Hortons Field will feature a wrestling ring on the south plaza on Angelo Mosca Night presented by Lou’s to commemorate Mosca’s wrestling career.

“Angelo Mosca has had a larger-than-life impact on the city of Hamilton, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and the Canadian Football League, so it is entirely fitting that we bestow our highest honour upon him by retiring number 68,” Bob Young, Caretaker of the Tiger-Cats said in a statement earlier in the week.