|1979 Hamilton Tiger-Cats season|
|Head Coach||John Payne|
|Home Field||Ivor Wynne Stadium|
|Playoff Finish||Lost Eastern Semi-Finals|
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The 1979 Hamilton Tiger-Cats season was the 22nd season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 30th overall. The Tiger-Cats finished in 3rd place in the East division with a 6–10 record, but lost the Eastern Semi-Finals to the Ottawa Rough Riders.
Star quarterback Tom Clements was acquired from the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a mid-season trade and went on to lead the league in passing. Additionally, University of Western Ontario quarterback Jamie Bone attended Tiger-Cats training camp but was cut. He took the Tiger-Cats to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, alleging that he was never given a fair chance to compete for a quarterback position because he was Canadian. During the proceedings, the Tiger Cats admitted that they had made up their mind on who the starters would be. Bone won his case, and the tribunal awarded him $10,000. The Tiger-Cats were awarded to give him a 14 day tryout in 1980.
|Ottawa Rough Riders||16||8||6||2||349||315||18|
|1||July 11||at Ottawa Rough Riders||19–30||0–1|
|2||July 18||Toronto Argonauts||11–18||0–2|
|3||July 25||at Montreal Alouettes||24–20||1–2|
|4||Aug 1||Saskatchewan Roughriders||8–21||1–3|
|5||Aug 8||at Toronto Argonauts||0–25||1–4|
|6||Aug 14||at Winnipeg Blue Bombers||21–27||1–5|
|7||Aug 21||BC Lions||16–22||1–6|
|8||Sept 3||Ottawa Rough Riders||16–9||2–6|
|9||Sept 8||at Ottawa Rough Riders||4–44||2–7|
|10||Sept 16||Montreal Alouettes||14–21||2–8|
|11||Sept 23||Edmonton Eskimos||21–22||2–9|
|12||Sept 29||at Toronto Argonauts||17–16||3–9|
|13||Oct 8||Toronto Argonauts||42–3||4–9|
|14||Oct 14||at Calgary Stampeders||26–16||5–9|
|15||Oct 21||Ottawa Rough Riders||21–3||6–9|
|17||Nov 5||at Montreal Alouettes||20–41||6–10|
|Eastern Semi-Final||Nov 11||at Ottawa Rough Riders||29–26|
Awards and honours
- Tom Clements, All-Eastern Quarterback
- Ben Zambiasi, Linebacker, CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award
- Garney Henley was elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a Player, on June 30, 1979.
- Peter Neumann was elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a Player, June 30, 1979.
- Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.134, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3