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1962 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28, Hamilton Tiger-Cats 27

Venue: Exhibition Stadium
Location: Toronto, ON
Dates: December 1 and 2
Attendance: 32,655
Winning Coach: Bud Grant
Most Valuable Player: Leo Lewis, RB, Winnipeg

Following a year when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats made Canadian football history by playing in the first Grey Cup to go to overtime, the two clubs battled again in another memorable meeting, but not because of the play on the field. The 1962 championship will always be remembered for what the fans could not see.

Just prior to halftime, fog rolled into Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, much to the chagrin of the 32,655 in attendance and the millions watching on television across North America. Although not visible to the fans, play was able to continue until the 5:31 mark of the fourth quarter. Visibility became so poor that referee Paul Dojack stopped play with Winnipeg leading 28-27. After a 20-minute delay, CFL commissioner Syd Halter decided that the remainder of the game would be played the following afternoon.

The Tiger-Cats drew first blood in the opening quarter when Garney Henley took advantage of some good blocking and sprinted 74 yards for a major. The convert by Don Sutherland was no good, his first of three key errors in the game.

A 41-yard run by Kenny Ploen set up a Leo Lewis touchdown to begin a wild second quarter, giving Winnipeg a 7-6 lead. Lewis struck again when he took a handoff, ran wide and threw a 15-yard pass to Charlie Shepard in the end zone.

Hamilton cut its deficit to 14-12, first on a goal-line leap by Bobby Kuntz, then on an 18-yard touchdown run by Henley following a Winnipeg fumble. Sutherland was only good on one convert, however, giving the Ticats a 19-14 advantage.

Winnipeg regained the lead before halftime when Lewis caught a lateral pass by Funston and ran 30 yards for another major. The Blue Bombers led 21-19 at intermission.

Hamilton quarterback Joe Zuger came out throwing in the third quarter, completing a 53-yard pass to Henley, then a 36-yard touchdown throw to Dave Viti. But Shepard responded with his second major, giving Winnipeg the lead for good. Gerry James added his fourth convert for good measure.

The Ticats had an opportunity to regain the lead before the conclusion of the third quarter, but Sutherland missed on a 30-yard field goal, giving Hamilton just a single point. Both teams were held pointless in the final quarter (spread over two days) as the Bombers held on to win their fourth title in five years.

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