Hugh “Bummer” Stirling

Class of 1966

Hugh “Bummer” Stirling, a native of St. Thomas, Ontario, played high school football before moving up to the St. Thomas Tigers Junior Squad.

Stirling attracted wide attention in Sarnia and was recognized as one of the best backfielders and kickers of the day. He was a 60-minute man who was known for his long, accurate punting and his fierce competitive spirit.

Hugh “Bummer” Stirling was the first football player to be named CanadianPpress Athlete of the Year, and he is a member of the Sarnia Lambton Sports Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Playing Career

St. Thomas Tigers Juniors
1924 - 1928
Sarnia Imperials
1929 - 1938


  • ORFU All-Star
    1932 - 1937
  • ORFU Most Valuable Player
  • Lional Conacher Award
  • Grey Cup Participation
    1933, 1934, 1936
  • Grey Cup Winning Teams
    1934, 1936