Maurice "Moe the Toe" Racine was born in Cornwall Ontario. He attended St. Lawrence High School and played on five consecutive championship final teams, leading the Saints to three consecutive EOSSAA Championships in 1955-56-57. Moe played on the offensive line and was also a full back scoring 8 touchdowns in his final year at St. Lawrence, including the game winner in the 1957 final.
In 1958 Moe walked onto the Rough Riders training camp and would eventually become Ottawa's offensive right tackle for parts of three decades 1958 to 1974. As you might expect from his nickname "the Toe," Moe was a kicker for the Rough Riders from 1960 through 1967. Actually, despite the nickname, Racine never kicked in High School and picked up kicking while "just fooling around" after Rough Rider practices in 1959. Racine didn't do any place kicking in his first kicking season (1960) as that was being handled by vets Mac Yoho (1959) and Gary Schreider. In 1960, Racine took over kickoffs mid way through the season, and then added placekicking in 1962, after Schreider was traded to BC.
Moe Racine's kicking stats might not seem impressive by today's standards, but at a field goal success rate around 50%, he was one of the best in the league in the early 1960s. It was not just the success rate, but also the number of attempts, though again that is low by today's standards. Consider the last couple of years before Racine took over the place kicking. In 1960, the most field goals kicked in the East was 5, by Cookie Gilchrist of Toronto and Racine's predecessor, Gary Schrieder of Ottawa. Gilchrist missed 13 for only a 27.8% success rate while Schreider hit on 5 of 10. In 1961, Don Sutherin led the East with 10 fieldgoals, Cookie Gilchrist came second with 5. Gary Schreider hit on 4 of just 10 attempts for Ottawa. In his first year of placekicking, in 1962, Racine hit on 12 of 24 attempts which is more field goals and more attempts that Ottawa had in the two previous years combined. And before you sneer at the 50% succcess rate, consider that Dave Cutler hit only 34% of his attempts in 1971, almost ten years later, at the start of the kicking specialist era. Moe finished his kicking career after the 1967 season recording 392 points.
Racine finished second in scoring in the East in 1962, 1964 and 1965, losing out each of those years to Don Sutherin of Hamilton. In 1963, Racine finished ahead of Sutherin, but both kickers were well behind the touchdown total points of the great(s) Dick Shatto, George Dixon and Dave Thelen. Racine finally bested Sutherin and Montreal's Peter Kempf (2nd) when he won the East scoring crown (O'Keefe Trophy) with 71 points in 1966. Ironically, Sutherin joined Ottawa in 1967 and split the placekicking duties with Racine. In 1968, Racine concentrated on his tackle position for the rest of his career although, in 1972 he handled three kick-offs when Gerry Organ was injured. Racine was a pretty good offensive tackle as well, pass blocking is credited for his longevity in the game. Moe was a four time East All-Star at that position (1962, 1965,1966 and 1972). Moe Racine played on Five Grey Cup teams with Ottawa, winning four times 1960, 1968,1969 and 1973. He holds the Rough Riders record for career regular season games 201. (213 if you add 1959 when stats were not recorded for games played, he also played in 27* career play-off games and he missed only 9 games due to injury) He won the Gilles O. Julien trophy in 1962 and the Palestre National medal d'or in 1968 and 1972. His number 62 was retired by the Ottawa Rough Riders on October 20, 1974. Moe is a member of the Ottawa and Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame's.
Note: Some sources inlcuding versions of the Ottawa all-time roster in media guies lists Racine for 1958. Racine was signed by Ottawa in 1958, but did not play any regular season games for them. Racine spent the year with the St. Anthony''s (Intermediate) team. See also Canadian Professional Football by Bob Gill and Todd Maher..
Note that the 1960 and 1962 kickoff stats for the East are not available as they were missing from the record manuals.
In 1973, Racine had one carry for 3 yards.
In 1973, Racine had one fumble return for zero yards.
In 1967, Racine was credited with one team lost for 2 yards.