Melvin (Mel) Douglas


Melvin (Mel) Douglas was born in Regina and played one season for the Saskatchewan (then Regina) Roughriders in 1936. Douglas played on both the offensive and defensive line and helped to keep the franchise going during the depression years. The Riders won the West in 1936, recapturing the title from the rival Bombers who won it and the first Grey Cup for the West in 1935.  In a dispute over rules, however, the Roughriders were denied a chance to play in the 1936 Grey Cup.

In those days, playing football was a non-paying part-time hobby, and Douglas's "real job" was at the Dairy Producers Co-Op.  Douglas started there in 1934 and worked 48 years before retiring in 1981.  There was a slight interruption during World War II when Douglas served overseas as a Major with the Regina Rifles. Douglas was awarded several medals including the Belgian Croix de Guerre for bravery.

Melvin Douglas passed away in February, 1994.

Mel Douglas Calling it Quits - September 17, 1981


Year Team GP
1936 SASK