The rush of American imports to Canadian pro football in the late 1940’s came fast and furious. None of the gridiron stars came north for the same reasons as Frank Filchock. He was suspended by the National Football League for a gambling scandal, one whose charges eventually were proved to be trumped-up and false. After a couple of good seasons in Hamilton, Filchock joined the Montreal Alouettes in 1949. The Als certainly got their money’s worth. Their new quarterback/defensive back, Filchock passed for more than 200 yards and intercepted three passes on defence as the Alouettes won their first Grey Cup, 28-15 over the defending champions from Calgary.

Dave Perkins

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