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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 10, 1995
When he was younger and making a splash as one of the Canadian Football League's more dynamic quarterbacks, the losses and the mistakes would eat at Tracy Ham.How much has he grown up over his productive, nine-year career? When he played in his first Grey Cup in 1990 with the Edmonton Eskimos, Ham remembers being crushed by the defeat, a feeling he had trouble shaking long after the final gun sounded.Ham recalled a similar feeling in the aftermath of last year's Grey Cup. He played his worst game of an otherwise fine 1994 season with Baltimore, throwing two interceptions and losing a critical fumble, all of which contributed to British Columbia's last-second 26-23 victory.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Periodically, Mike Pringle's phone beeps with a text message from a teammate on the Baltimore Stallions' 1995 Canadian Football League champions. Check this out , the message reads, followed by a link to game-action highlights of a gifted college basketball player. The texts are from Elfrid Payton Sr., the Stallions' star defensive end. The videos are of his son, Elfrid Jr., who's expected to be a first-round selection in Thursday's NBA draft. Pringle watches the highlights in awe. "He [Elfrid Sr.]
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | February 20, 1994
It starts here with Tracy Ham, and it starts now with a quarterback whose improvisational skills have tantalized Don Matthews for years.When Baltimore's new Canadian Football League team made Ham its marquee player Friday night, it was the boldest statement yet of where Matthews, the coach, intends to go."The great thing with Tracy Ham is that in a new franchise, there may be new people around," Matthews said. "When things break down, Tracy can do it alone. That type guy, the ad-lib guy, is of tremendous importance to the franchise."
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By Sports Digest | February 3, 2010
Former Baltimore Stallions Tracy Ham and Elfrid Payton were among five men chosen Tuesday for induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Ham, who was the the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 1989, played quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos, Toronto Argonauts, Stallions and Montreal Alouettes. The Most Outstanding Player in the 1995 Grey Cup game won by Baltimore, he held at the time of his retirement the record for most rushing yards by a quarterback. Payton, who trails only Grover Covington on the all-time sacks list with 154, won two Grey Cups, including one in Baltimore.
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By Ken Murray | July 23, 1994
Site: Memorial StadiumTime: 7:30Line: Baltimore by 17TV/Radio: Ch. 2/WJFK (1300 AM)Records: Shreveport 0-2; Baltimore 1-1Last week: Shreveport lost its home opener to Toronto, 35-34. Baltimore lost its home opener to Calgary, 42-16.On the sidelines: Forrest Gregg, a Hall of Fame tackle with the Green Bay Packers, became the Pirates head coach on June 17, replacing John Huard, who was fired. Gregg coached the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Packers in the NFL. He spent 1979 in the CFL, coaching the Toronto Argonauts to a 5-11 season.
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June 29, 1994
Baltimore's expansion team finds out how far it has come this preseason against the defending Eastern Division champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Baltimore beat the Shreveport Pirates,33-18, last week, but didn't put the game away until late because of four turnovers. Winnipeg beat the Ottawa Rough Riders, 61-28, in its first exhibition. Tonight's game features two of the CFL's best quarterbacks in Baltimore's Tracy Ham and Winnipeg's Matt Dunigan. The outcome could hinge on how Baltimore handles Dunigan's high-powered attack.
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July 7, 1994
History: Founded as an amateur team in 1873 by members of the Argonaut Rowing Club, the Argonauts originally played a form of rugby. The team has won 12 Grey Cups, including three in a row from 1945 to 1947, but only two since the league formally became the Canadian Football League in 1958. Among the U.S. stars who have played for the Argos are Joe Theismann, Tobin Rote and Cookie Gilchrist.Ownership: TSN Enterprises, Canada's equivalent of ESPN and a subsidiary of Labatt's Breweries, purchased the team from financially troubled Bruce McNall last spring for $6.5 million.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | November 6, 1994
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Willie Burden never knew his 19-year-old CFL rushing record was in jeopardy until it fell.When the athletic director of North Carolina A&T State University got a phone call from a Calgary, Alberta, reporter a week ago, he found out that Baltimore's Mike Pringle had supplanted him as the league's all-time single-season rusher."
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By Ken Murray | June 4, 1994
Picking up the paceColts rookies will get a better sense of the CFL's fast-paced action when the team holds a scripted intrasquad scrimmage today at 5 p.m. on a Towson State practice field. That's the goal of coach Don Matthews, anyway."We want to teach players the pace of the game," he said. "Pace and tempo."The practice will be full speed with no tackling, a concession to the high number of injuries. Despite that, Matthews says, the Colts are ahead of schedule at this point in camp.Officials will attend the quasi-scrimmage and the 20-second clock between plays will be in effect, but penalties will not be marked off.Matthews gave the players a break by calling off yesterday afternoon's workout after 95 minutes, and he canceled this morning's practice.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | February 1, 1995
On the best night of his brief run as a starting quarterback for the Las Vegas Posse, Len Williams came within 2 yards of beating Baltimore.On Aug. 6, in an early-season matchup of Canadian Football League expansion teams, Williams threw for 362 yards and two touchdowns. But cornerback Irvin Smith preserved Baltimore's 38-33 victory with a tackle at the goal line.Six months later, Williams' 21-for-39 performance has the look of a job audition. Cut by the Posse last November, the former Northwestern star has resurfaced with Baltimore.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 20, 1995
REGINA, Saskatchewan -- During the post-game hoopla that surrounded Baltimore's 37-20 Grey Cup victory over Calgary yesterday, quarterback Tracy Ham eventually moved from the locker room to a separate interview area to deal with the horde of reporters who wanted to hear from him.Maybe that was fitting, since Ham's appreciation for winning the Grey Cup runs especially deep. The victory, and Ham's resulting Most Outstanding Player award, capped a career that was chock full of accomplishments before yesterday.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 10, 1995
When he was younger and making a splash as one of the Canadian Football League's more dynamic quarterbacks, the losses and the mistakes would eat at Tracy Ham.How much has he grown up over his productive, nine-year career? When he played in his first Grey Cup in 1990 with the Edmonton Eskimos, Ham remembers being crushed by the defeat, a feeling he had trouble shaking long after the final gun sounded.Ham recalled a similar feeling in the aftermath of last year's Grey Cup. He played his worst game of an otherwise fine 1994 season with Baltimore, throwing two interceptions and losing a critical fumble, all of which contributed to British Columbia's last-second 26-23 victory.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1995
Could quarterback Doug Flutie, the highest-profile player in the Canadian Football League, become a Baltimore Stallion?It's possible, although not probable.As his surgically repaired right elbow heals and while his backup, Jeff Garcia, continues to lead the Calgary Stampeders to the CFL playoffs, the future of Flutie, the league's four-time Most Outstanding Player, is uncertain.Will Flutie return in 1996 to resume control of the Stampeders' offense? Or will Calgary owner Larry Ryckman, who expects to lose around $1.5 million (Canadian)
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer | August 28, 1995
The passing game clicked. The kickoff and punt returns were dazzling. The defense dominated. And Mike Pringle was his usual self, running around and over tacklers while racking up 281 all-purpose yards.And just as important, none of the Stallions was seriously hurt in Saturday's 41-14 romp over the Toronto Argonauts at Memorial Stadium.Coach Don Matthews had removed Pringle in the fourth quarter, but put him back into the game because replacements Chris Wright and Robert Drummond had minor ailments.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | July 15, 1995
SAN ANTONIO -- The Stallions taught San Antonio a few lessons in last week's 50-24 blowout at Memorial Stadium, but Baltimore quarterback Tracy Ham, the best player on the field that night, warned yesterday against dismissing the Texans too quickly, as the Stallions prepared for tonight's Canadian Football League rematch at the Alamodome."
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer | July 9, 1995
Tracy Ham didn't want to call it a struggle.Three points in the first quarter just meant it was time to tinker. Adjustments would win last night's game against San Antonio.Ham battled back from a rough beginning to lead the Baltimore Stallions to a 50-24 victory at Memorial Stadium, accumulating 290 all-purpose yards, including 233 and two touchdowns -- to Robert Clark and Chris Armstrong -- through the air.Ham completed 17 of 25 passes, rushed seven times for 57 yards and a score, and threw a block that sprung Shannon Culver for a 29-yard gain in the second quarter.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | August 27, 1994
HAMILTON, Ontario -- As Tracy Ham limped out to his car at Memorial Stadium after practice one day this week, he talked about playing in pain."It's important each individual understands that with a limited roster, you have to play with nicks," he said. "I'm no different than anybody else."That's why Ham wants to start at quarterback for the Baltimore CFLs (4-3) when they face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2-5) tonight at Ivor Wynne Stadium, seven days after he suffered a slight tear of his right quadriceps on a rollout.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | February 16, 1994
After months of deliberation, negotiation and speculation, the Canadian Football League is sitting at Baltimore's doorstep.When the CFL formally approves the franchise application of Virginia businessman Jim Speros in a cross-continent conference call today -- as it is expected to do -- Baltimore will be back on the football map.Now what?Training camp opens in mid-summer. The season starts in July and ends in late November with the Grey Cup, the league's championship game.And before then, the team should have a nickname.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | July 9, 1995
The Baltimore Stallions brought a new name and a different look into Memorial Stadium for their Canadian Football League home opener last night.Looking hardly like the team that faltered repeatedly and lost a tough season opener to the B.C. Lions last week, the Stallions pounced on visiting San Antonio with 24 second-quarter points, then rolled to a 50-24 victory before 31,016.It was a rousing home opener for Baltimore. A day after shedding the Baltimore Football Club for a new nickname, the Stallions erased last week's terrible start in Vancouver by scoring the game's first three points early in the first quarter.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | March 30, 1995
Money talks, but Tracy Ham won't walk when the Baltimore Football Club opens training camp in May.The veteran Canadian Football League quarterback said he asked the club to renegotiate his three-year contract, and after being rejected, briefly considered not reporting."
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