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Lionel Conacher bust. A charter member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Lionel (Big Train) Conacher
(Charter Member)

Playing Career

Intermediates Toronto Capitals

Toronto Torontos

Toronto Argonauts
1921, 1922

Toronto Croose and Blackwell Chefs

Awards and Honours

Grey Cup Participation
1921 (1)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1921 (1)

Career Highlights

  • The Toronto Argonauts retired his number 55 jersey.

Lionel Conacher was an exceptional Backfielder and Kicker whose running style earned him the nickname "Big Train".
The Toronto Argonauts went undefeated throughout the 1921 season and Conacher personally accounted for 15 points in their 23-0 Grey Cup victory over the Edmonton Eskimos. In the mid-1930's, when all Canadian football was considered amateur, Conacher organized and played for the first professional team, the Toronto Crosse and Blackwell Chefs.

Lionel conacher also participated in hockey, boxing, lacrosse and baseball, and is a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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

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

Conacher, Lionel
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