1964 BC Lions

Team

The 1964 edition of the BC Lions was the first team to capture the Grey Cup for the club on their second visit to the national championship game.

This truly exceptional team can trace its roots to several key acquisitions, beginning in 1959 with the signing of Hall of Famer Willie Fleming. He played a central role in the Lions’ offence for eight seasons and alongside Joe Kapp, who came to the team in 1961 in a trade with Calgary, were dominating forces in the West.

The 1964 BC team featured seven Canadian Football of Fame inductees including original Lions Norm Fieldgate and Byron Bailey who starred in what became known as the Headhunters defence. Finishing first for the second straight year, they defeated Calgary in the West Final and Hamilton by 34-24 in the Grey Cup in Toronto. Other stars on this team included Dick Fouts, Tom Hinton, Tom Brown and the late Sonny Homer.

#10 Mel Melin, #11 Pete Ohler, #15 Willie Fleming, #18 Ron Morris, #20 Bill Munsey, #21 Sonny Homer, #22 Joe Kapp, #24 Lou Holland, #26 Steve Shafer, #27 Neal Beaumont, #30 Peter Kempf, #34 Bill Lasseter, #35 Bob Swift, #38 By Bailey, #41 Gary Schwertfeger, #42 Greg Findlay, #44 Walt Bilicki, #45 Jesse Williams, #54 Tom Hinton, #58 Steve Cotter, #60 Gus Kasapis, #61 Lonnie Dennis, #64 Mike Martin, #66 Emery Barnes, #67 Mike Cacic, #68 Ken Sugarman, #69 Tom Brown, #70 Dick Fouts, #71 Paul Seale, #72 Jim Carphin, #75 Norm Fieldgate, #76 Mack Burton, #78 Pat Claridge