The 1995 Baltimore Stallions season was the second in the history of the Baltimore CFL franchise. It would be the final season in Baltimore as the team relocated to Montreal, Quebec. The team ended its existence with a victory in the Grey Cup. The Stallions were the first American based football team to win the Grey Cup. Despite the Stallions success, attendance dropped. The club only sold 9,000 season tickets.
|1995 Baltimore Stallions season|
|Head Coach||Don Matthews|
|Home Field||Memorial Stadium|
|Playoff Finish||Won Grey Cup|
|Team MVP||Mike Pringle|
|Team ROY||Chris Wright|
|Previous season||Next season|
Preseason[edit | edit source]
|1||Sat, June 17||vs. Ottawa Rough Riders||45-11||Win||20,642|
|2||Sat, June 24||at Birmingham Barracudas||37-0||Win||31,016|
Regular season[edit | edit source]
- After the 1994 season, a name-the-team fan poll was held to decide a new team name. After the team's first week of the season being known as the Baltimore Football Club, the fan poll ended and Jim Speros announced to the Baltimore faithful that their team would be known as the Baltimore Stallions.
- Mike Pringle's rushing totals were 1,791 yards. Compared to his stats in the 1994 season, his yards-per-carry fell by .6 from 6.4 to 5.8. Despite the reduction, his statistics were still the best any back posted in the CFL that year.
Season standings[edit | edit source]
|San Antonio Texans||18||12||6||0||630||457||24|
|Memphis Mad Dogs||18||9||9||0||346||364||18|
Season schedule[edit | edit source]
|1||Fri, June 30||at BC Lions||34-37||Loss||23,999|
|2||Sat, July 8||vs. San Antonio Texans||50-24||Win||31,016|
|3||Sat, July 15||at San Antonio Texans||28-23||Win||18,112|
|4||Sat, July 22||vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers||43-7||Win||30,641|
|5||Sat, July 29||at Birmingham Barracudas||36-8||Win||30,729|
|6||Wed, Aug 2||at Edmonton Eskimos||19-12||Win||30,698|
|6||Sun, Aug 6||at Calgary Stampeders||29-15||Loss||24,609|
|7||Sat, Aug 12||vs. Memphis Mad Dogs||25-15||Loss||31,221|
|8||Sat, Aug 19||at Memphis Mad Dogs||16-13||Win||18,249|
|9||Sat, Aug 26||vs. Toronto Argonauts||41-14||Win||27,853|
|10||Sat, Sept 2||at Hamilton Tiger-Cats||41-14||Win||23,120|
|11||Sat, Sept 9||vs. Birmingham Barracudas||28-20||Win||29,013|
|12||Fri, Sept 15||at Shreveport Pirates||24-17||Win||12,445|
|13||Sat, Sept 23||vs. Shreveport Pirates||42-32||Win||27,321|
|14||Sun, Oct 1||at Saskatchewan Roughriders||28-24||Win||30,758|
|15||Sat, Oct 7||vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders||29-27||Win||31,421|
|17||Sat, Oct 21||vs. BC Lions||28-26||Win||33,228|
|18||Sun, Oct 29||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||24-17||Win||29,310|
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
Mike Pringle ran for 484 playoff yards and four touchdowns in three games. The result was that the Baltimore Stallions made their second straight appearance in the Grey Cup.
|South Semi-Final||Sat, Nov 4||vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers||36-21||Win||21,040|
|South Final||Sun, Nov 12||vs. San Antonio Texans||21-11||Win||30,217|
|Grey Cup||Sun, Nov 19||Calgary Stampeders||37-20||Win||52,564|
Grey Cup[edit | edit source]
The 83rd Grey Cup was played between the Baltimore Stallions and the Calgary Stampeders at Taylor Field in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Stallions won the game by a score of 37-20. It marked the only time that an American-based team won the Grey Cup. Not one television station from Baltimore sent a crew to Regina to cover the Grey Cup game. Only 200 fans showed up for the Stallions Grey Cup celebration.
Awards and honors[edit | edit source]
After the season, other Baltimore Stallions' received awards and accomplishments in the CFL, which are:
1995 Southern All-Stars
1995 CFL All-Stars
Relocation to Montreal[edit | edit source]
In late 1995, Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced his intention to relocate his NFL club to Baltimore, where they would be rechristened the Baltimore Ravens. This would have made the Stallions the only CFL club ever to directly compete with the NFL, whose season overlaps with the last three months of the CFL season.
Stallions owner Jim Speros realized that despite the Stallions' popularity, they could not possibly compete with the NFL. After deals with Norfolk, Virginia and Houston fell through, Speros moved the Stallions to Montreal and revived the old Alouettes name for the 1996 season.
References[edit | edit source]
- Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.199, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3
- Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.200, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3