Bill Bass

Bill Bass played his college ball at Tennessee State and the University of Nevada - Reno.  Bass went on to play one season, dressing for 14 games with the Chicago Rockets in tghe AAFC in 1947 before joining the Alouettes in 1948 as one of the first African-American players in Canada.  Bass went back to the States in 1949, trying out with the Chicago Hornets.  Bass returned to play in Canada in 1950 with the Toronto Argonauts.  Bass would go on to play four seasons in Toronto (1950-53).  Under the rules of the day, Americans who played four consecutive years in Cnada were reclassified as non-imports.  In a strange twist of fate, this cost Bass his job with the Argos.  In 1954, a new rule limited the number of such American-Canadians to three, and Bass was placed on waivers by Toronto to get down to the limit.  Bass was picked up by the Ottawa Rough Riders where he would spend one season (1954).  Bass finished his football career in Canada in 1955 as a player-coach with Toronto Balmy Beach of the ORFU. There are few stats for Bass as most individual stats othe rthan scoring were not kept in the East until 1951.  Bass, however was an excellent halfback, winning an East All-Star in 1951 (there ere no CFL All-Stars until 1962).  In 1951, Bass was also one of the Argo nominees for the Jeff Russell trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the East. Bill Bass passed away on September 28, 1967.

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NFL Stats for Bill Bass

Bass Not Allowed to Play Against Mississippi State - November 5, 1946

Bass Star With Alouettes - September 7, 1948

Bass Looks Good Running Back Punts for Alouttes - October 11, 1948

Bass Nominated for Jeff Russell - November 8,m 1951

Bass Placed on Waivers by Argos - August 17, 1954

Bass Makes First Appearance With Ottawa - August 21, 1954

Bass To Play and Coach With Balmy Beach - August 23, 1955


GP, Rushing and Receiving
Year Team GP TC Yds Avg TD Long Rec Yds Avg TD Long PTS
1948 MON 11

1950 TOR 9

1951 TOR 12

1952 TOR 11

1953 TOR 12

1954 OTT 14
57 297 5.2 1 28 8 67 8.4 0 22 5
1955 TBB


Prior to 1954, the only individual stats kept in the East were scoring stats.


KO Returns
Year Team KOR Yds Avg TD Long
1948 MON

1950 TOR

1951 TOR

1952 TOR

1953 TOR

1954 OTT 2 25 12.5 0 20
1955 TBB


Bill Bass