Canadian Football Legends
Object ID:
2012.279.82
Date:
1975
Description:
Tom Brook bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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T.L. (Tom) Brook

Executive Career

President of the Calgary Stampeders
1948 - 1951

Director of the Calgary Stampeders
1956 - 1958

Awards and Honours

Grey Cup Participation as an Executive
1948, 1949 (2)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s) as an Executive
1948 (1)

T.L. (Tom) Brook moved to the City of Calgary in 1941 and made an almost immediate contribution to the football scene.
During the post-war period when football was struggling, Brook reorganized the Calgary Stampeders. Prior to the 1948 season, Brook hired Les Lear to coach the Stampeders and recruit new talent. Lear did a magnificent job, bringing in stars like Woody Strode and Chuck "Sugarfoot" Anderson.

Tom Brook personally guaranteed the players' salaries and was rewarded as the team went on undefeated season in 1948 and then won the first 10 games in the 1949 season.

In 1949, there was a move for a two-game Grey Cup series, so Tom Brook made an impassioned speech at the Canadian Rugby Union (CRU) meeting, and helped to save the day for the single-game Grey Cup championship.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1975 as a builder.

Class of 1975




Byron L. BaileyTom BrookLewis HaymanKen PloenDick ShattoHerb Trawick

People:
Brook, Tom
Search Terms:
Canadian Football Hall of Fame
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