Canadian Football Legends
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Al Ritchie bust. A charter member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Alvin (Silver Fox) Ritchie
(Charter Member)

Head Coaching Career

Manager of the Regina Football Club
1921 - 1924

Organizer/Head Coach of the Regina Pats
1925 - 1928

Head Coach of the Regina Roughriders
1929 - 1932, 1935, 1942

Awards and Honours

Grey Cup Participation as a Head Coach
1929 - 1932 (4)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s) as a Head Coach

For 47 years, Alvin Ritchie's name was synonymous with football in the province of Saskatchewan. Ritchie played the game prior to World War I and, after returning from overseas, became a respected coach and team manager in Saskatchewan.

Ritchie drew up the constitution and served on many committees for the Saskatchewan League which operated from 1919 to 1932. The Regina Football Club won 56 consecutive games and eight western championships with Ritchie at the helm.

Alvin Ritchie, nicknamed "Silver Fox", organized and coached the Regina Pats junior football club leading them to a Junior Dominion Championship in 1928. This championship was the first time a western team had ever won a national title.

Ritchie, who is credited with many rule changes and progressive developments, worked diligently to maintain the east/west championship.

Alvin (Silver Fox) Ritchie is also a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1963 as a builder.

Class of 1963

Harry BatstoneOrmand BeachJoseph BreenD. Wes BrownLionel ConacherErnest Cox

John DeGruchySeppi DuMoulinEddie EmersonWilliam C. FouldsHugh GallAlbert Henry George Grey

Harry Crawford GriffithFrank J. HannibalMelvin HansonJack JacobsEddie JamesJoe Krol

Alexander Smirle LawsonFrank LeadlayPercival MolsonNorman PerryRuss RebholzEdward Reeve

Alvin RitchieJeff RusselFrank ShaughnessyBen SimpsonDavid SpragueNeil Joseph Taylor

Brian Timmis

Ritchie, Alvin (Silver Fox)
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