Ab Box

He played in the 1930s for both the Toronto Argonauts and Toronto Balmy Beach of the ORFU. There are very few individual statistics kept in those years, but Box was noted both for being one of the best punters of his era and for his running ability. This was a time where punting was an even more important part of the game as the forward pass was not legalized until 1932 and even then was initially not used very much. Often the majority of points in a game would be scored on punt singles or rouges. Box was a member of two Grey Cup winners. The first was in 1930 when Balmy Beach beat the Regina Roughriders 11-6. The second was in 1933 with the Argos when they beat Sarnia 4-3. Box was named the oustanding player in the IRFu (East) in 1934. After his last year in 1938, Box breifly made two attempts to return. In 1945, Box signed with Balmy Beach late in the year, but didn't play. In 1950, Box played one game with the Montreal Alouttes when they needed help with the punting due to injuries.  Box was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1965. Ab Box died July 30, 2000 at the age of 91.

CBC Article on Ab Box

Ab Box in Wikipedia

Ab Box in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Ab Box in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

Kicking of Box Helps Put Beaches in Dominion Final - December 1, 1930

Injury To Box Not Intentional - October 12, 1933

Box Nominated For Jeff Russell Trophy By Argos - November 7, 1934

Box Wins Jeff Russell Trophy - November 10, 1934

Box's Passing Leads Balmy Beach to Win Over Peterborough - October 31, 1938

Ab Box Plans To Retire At End of This Season - November 12, 1938

Could Be Box Is Beach Secret Weapon? - November 8, 1945

Hayman Invites Ab Box To Join Alouettes - September 15, 1949

Box Signed For Kicking Help By Alouettes - September 14, 1950

GP and Points
Year Team GP PTS
1930 TBB

1931 TBB

1932 TOR
1933 TOR
1934 TOR
1935 TBB

1936 TBB

1937 TBB

1938 TBB

1950 MON 1 0

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