The 1939 Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup for only the second time in Manitoba’s history and now joins its 1935 brethren (inducted in 1983) in the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. After beating the Calgary Bronks in the Western Final, Coach Reg Threlfall guided the Winnipeg squad to a hard-fought 8-7 victory over the Ottawa Rough Riders to capture the Dominion rugby football title.
Accounts in the Winnipeg Free Press on Monday, December 11th, 1939, extol the play of Andy Bieber “the Winnipeg boy who plunged for one touchdown and saved another by a fall on Fritz Hanson’s fumble”, lineman Butch Gainor, “Frisky Fritz Hanson, the crowd-pleaser”, Art Stevenson, “who kicked the winning point” and Bud Marquardt “whose vicious tackling made him a standout after nearly two months on the sideline from a shoulder injury”. Game photos depict the combatants on a snow-covered field.
ROSTER: Back Row (L-R): Herb Mobberley, Jack Manners, Carl Krisko, Andy Bieber, Bill Boivin, Johnny Lake, Benny Hatskin, Hal Davidson, Alan Haycock, Harry Badger, Frank Mulvey, Jeff Nicklin, Bud Marquardt, Martin Platz, Bert Iannone. Front Row (L-R): Wayne Sheley, Mel Wilson, Ches McCance, Herb Peschel, Bill Ceretti, Art Stevenson, Greg Kabat, Martin Gainor, Eddie Kushner, Les Lear, Bill Nairn, Cliff Roseborough, Lou Mogul and Fritz Hanson.