James Shares Stories

Gerry James' two-sport career led to records and accomplishments that might fit an episode of “Ripley's Believe it or Not” as much as a new biography.

In 1952, James joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at the age of 17 and became the youngest player in CFL history. Two years later, he won the first-ever Schenley Award for the league's top Canadian. And in 1957, he set a league record with 18 rushing touchdowns, a mark that would stand for the rest of the 20th century.

Perhaps the most incredible accomplishment is that he is the only player to appear in the Grey Cup final and the Stanley Cup final within a 12-month span. He won a Grey Cup in 1959 with Winnipeg, then strapped on his skates and helped the Toronto Maple Leafs reach the 1960 Stanley Cup final.