Football legend Eddie “Dynamite” James toiled for the Regina Pats, Winnipeg St. John’s and the Regina Roughriders through the 1920’s and early ‘30’s. However he became a star with the Winnipeg Football Club in 1935. Described as “a devastating plunger” and “a fleet-footed 60 minute man”, James played both offensive and defensive halfback; a feat that required speed, power and stamina to be on the field and running the entire game. Sportswriter Ted Reeve described James’s performance in the 1935 Grey Cup victory: “James, on wide secondary, displayed plenty of speed by overtaking several early Hamilton end runs and pulling them down and he was the best tackler out there until injured. He also showed great leg drive when hitting a line and usually wound up still standing after the whistle had blown and Tigers were draped all around him.”
The father of another great Blue Bomber running back, Gerry James, he now joins his son (inducted in 1982), in the ranks of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Eddie “Dynamite” James was also one of the Charter Members inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963, and is a member of Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame as well as the Winnipeg Football Club’s Blue Bomber Hall of Fame. In honour of “the Old Dynamiter”, the Western Conference of the CFL created the Eddie James Memorial Trophy to be awarded to its annual leading rusher.
b. September 30, 1907
d. December 26, 1958