The Baltimore Stallions

The Brief, Brilliant History of the CFL Champion Franchise


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About the Book

Baltimore is home to some of the greatest football players ever to step onto the gridiron. From the Colts’ Johnny Unitas to the Ravens’ Ray Lewis, Charm City has been blessed with multiple championship teams and plenty of Hall of Fame players. Between the Colts and Ravens, a brief but significant chapter of Baltimore football history was written—the Stallions. Formed in 1994, they posted the most successful single season in the history of the Canadian Football League, when in 1995 they became the only U.S. team to win the Grey Cup. By 1996 the Stallions were gone, undermined by the arrival of the Ravens and the overall failure of the CFL’s U.S. expansion efforts. Drawing on original interviews with players, coaches, journalists and fans, this book recalls how the Stallions both captured the imagination and broke the hearts of Baltimore football fans in just 24 months.

About the Author(s)

Ron Snyder is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience and is the author of four books. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

Ron Snyder

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: 51 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7841-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3698-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

1. A Tradition Is Born
2. The Colts Leave Town
3. The USFL Comes to Town … Sort Of
4. “Give Baltimore the Ball”
5. Southern Expansion
6. Baltimore Got the Ball
7. The CFL Colts Are Born
8. Building a Team
9. Football Officially Returns to Baltimore
10. More Than an Expansion Team
11. Run to the Grey Cup
12. Unfinished Business
13. The Baltimore Browns?
14. Left Out
15. Final Run
16. The End in Baltimore
17. Legacy
18. Postscript
Chapter Notes

Book Reviews & Awards

• “Focus[es] on the Baltimore Stallions, a well-supported championship Canadian Football League (CFL) franchise that was part of the brief CFL expansion into the United States during the mid-1990s. Snyder’s book is filled with quotes from interviews with players, coaches, team management, Baltimore officials, reporters from the media, and others, providing an intimate look at the day-to-day operations of the successful yet short-lived enterprise. The text is nicely illustrated and provides a short, easy read. … delv[es] into the cutthroat business of professional sports…recommended”—Choice

• “Excellent…entertaining and informative…impressive…highly recommended”—The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books

• “A refreshing jog down memory lane. …It’s fascinating! …there doesn’t seem to be a single thing he forgot or left out in telling the Stallions’ proud history”—The Rod Pedersen Show