OTD: Ontario Rugby Football Union formed

On today’s date in 1883, the Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU)—a forerunner to the Canadian Football League (CFL)—was formed.

In 1954, the ORFU officially withdrew from Grey Cup competition as its members were no longer competitive with professional teams. It was the beginning of the modern era of Canadian football, and the following year, the Canadian Football Council was formed, which became the CFL in 1958.

By 1974, the ORFU had ceased to exist.

In 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint marked the 100th anniversary of the Grey Cup with a commemorative dollar.

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