- Hugh Gall
Infobox CFL player
University of Toronto
DateOfDeath=Death date|1938|05|19 (aged 49)
administrating_teams=Secretary of Canadian Rugby Union
President of Canadian Rugby Union
University of Toronto Varsity Blues
playing_teams=University of Toronto Varsity Blues
Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club
Records=1909: Most singles in a Grey Cup game (8)
Hugh Gall (c. 1888 -
May 19 1938) was a Canadian footballplayer considered to be one of the best runners and punters of his era. [cite web|url=http://www.cfhof.ca/index.php?module=page&id=24&player=Gall,%20Hugh|title=Hugh Gall|work=Hall of Famers|publisher=Canadian Football Hall of Fame|accessdate=2008-05-10]
After playing half-back in
Torontofor Parkdale Collegiate, Gall joined the University of Torontovarsity team in 1907 and played there for four seasons. He led the team to Grey Cupvictories in 1909 and 1910, becoming the first team to win the new trophy presented to the Canadian Rugby Union champions. Gall set a record for most singles (single point kicks, also known as "rouges") in a Grey Cup game with eight in 1909, a record that still stands. [cite web|url=http://www.cbc.ca/sports/greycup/ind_single.html|title=Single Game Records|date=2006-11-01|work=Grey Cup Almanac|publisher=CBC Sports|accessdate=2008-05-10] He was team captain for the 1910 season. [cite web|url=http://www.ac-fpeh.com/alumni/halloffame_bio.php?id=38|title=Hugh Gall's Hall of Fame Bio|work=U of T Sports Hall of Fame List|publisher=University of Toronto Faculty of Physical Education and Health|accessdate=2008-05-10]
Gall also played in the
Ontario Hockey Associationfor the Parkdale Canoe Club hockey team. In addition, he competed in several track meets in the Toronto area.
Gall was elected vice-commodore of the Parkdale Canoe Club in 1911 and then became a football referee. He returned to action in 1913, playing for the Parkdale team that lost in the Grey Cup final. Gall coached U of T to the intercollegiate championship in 1914 and graduated in 1915 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He would go on to become secretary of the Canadian Rugby Union (now
Football Canada) in 1914, and served a one-year term as president of the organization in 1920-1921. He died in Toronto at age 49 from pneumonia.
Gall was inducted into the
Canadian Football Hall of Famein 1963, Canada's Sports Hall of Famein 1975 [cite web|url=http://www.cshof.ca/accessible/hm_profile.php?i=143|title=Hugh Gall|work=Honoured Members|publisher=Canada's Sports Hall of Fame|accessdate=2008-05-10] , and the U of T Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
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