Canadian Football Legends
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Ralph Cooper bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Ralph W. Cooper

Executive Career

President of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1950 - 1952

President of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IPRFU)

Chairman of the Canadian Football Council

President of the Canadian Football League (CFL)

In 1950, Ralph W. Cooper amalgamated the Hamilton Tigers and the Hamilton Wildcats, forming the modern day Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Cooper was a member of the Tiger-Cats' Board of Directors until 1972 and served on the club's Board of Governors from 1973 to 1977.

While with the IPRFU, Cooper was a member of the committee responsible for recommending a draft system for university players. During the 1950's competition for players was fierce between the Canadian and American professional leagues.

In 1955, Cooper led a five-man delegation which negotiated with the National Football League (NFL), and the resulting agreement eased tensions considerably.

In 1960, Cooper, Frank Gibson, and Ralph Parliament devised an interlocking schedule which was implemented for the 1961 season. This season marked the first time that western and eastern teams had competed during scheduled, regular season play.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1992 as a builder.

Class of 1992

Ken CharltonRalph CooperEllison KellyDon Sutherin

Football Reporters of Canada

Bob HanleyBob PickensJim Proudfoot

Cooper, Ralph
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