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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.[1]


1995 Baltimore Stallions season
Head Coach Don Matthews
Home Field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 15-3-0
Place 1st, South
Playoff Finish Won Grey Cup
Team MVP Mike Pringle
Team ROY Chris Wright
Uniform
CFL Jersey BAL 1994
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1994 1996

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Score Result Attendance
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

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Regular seasonEdit

  • 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 standingsEdit

South Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Baltimore Stallions 18 15 3 0 541 369 30
San Antonio Texans 18 12 6 0 630 457 24
Birmingham Barracudas 18 10 8 0 548 518 20
Memphis Mad Dogs 18 9 9 0 346 364 18
Shreveport Pirates 18 5 13 0 465 514 10
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Season scheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Score Result Attendance
1 Fri, June 30 at BC Lions 34-37[4] 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
16 Bye
17 Sat, Oct 21 vs. BC Lions 28-26[4] Win 33,228
18 Sun, Oct 29 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24-17 Win 29,310
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PlayoffsEdit

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.

Game Date Opponent Score Result Attendance
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 CupEdit

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.[6] 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.[7] Only 200 fans showed up for the Stallions Grey Cup celebration.[7]

Awards and honorsEdit

After the season, other Baltimore Stallions' received awards and accomplishments in the CFL, which are:

Divisional Awards

CFL Awards

1995 Southern All-Stars

Offense

Defense

Special Teams

1995 CFL All-Stars

Offense

Defense

Special Teams

Relocation to MontrealEdit

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.

In late November, Jim Speros had a Save our Stallions campaign, with January 5 as the deadline to sell 20,000 season tickets.[7] It was revealed that the team was $800,000 in debt.[7]

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.

ReferencesEdit

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