Canadian Football Legends
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Frank Hannibal bust. A charter member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Frank J. Hannibal
(Charter Member)

Executive Career

President of the Winnipeg Football Club
1934 - 1936, 1941

President of the Western Interprovincal Football Union (WIFU)
1938, 1939

Awards and Honours

Grey Cup Participation as an Executive
1935, 1941 (2)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s) as an Executive
1935, 1941 (2)

Frank J. Hannibal arrived in Winnipeg in 1934 and immediately inspired the Winnipeg Football Club. The newly-recruited executive was determined to build a Grey Cup contender. Hannibal's efforts were rewarded when, after only one year, Winnipeg defeated the Hamilton Tigers for the first Grey Cup victory ever won by a western club. Winnipeg won the championship again in 1941 when Hannibal returned as the club president.

In addition to being president of the WIFU, Hannibal held many offices with distinction. His tremendous zeal, unceasing effort and inspired leadership contributed greatly to the building of football in western Canada.

Frank J. Hannibal was honoured at the 1953 Grey Cup dinner.

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

Hannibal, Frank J.
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