Little Iron Man: Austin Avenue’s “Teddy” Morris

We received this interesting note!

Allen “Teddy” Morris from the Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Thanks for pulling this information together. It appears that Allen Morris, listed as the son of policeman Gordon Morris of 59 Austin Ave in the 1911 and 1921 censuses, was Canadian football Hall of Famer “Teddy” Morris, real name Allen Byron Morris, who won 3 Grey Cups playing for the Toronto Argonauts (1931-39), and 3 more Grey Cups as their head coach (1945-49), becoming one of the giants of Toronto sports of the middle third of the twentieth century. I research Argonauts history and am working on a biography of Morris. He was famous for being tough as nails despite a small stature – they called him “Little Iron Man” – and it sounds like he grew up in a tough neighbour hood.

Dr. James Fraser
University of Guelph

For more about Teddy Morris go to:
https://cfhof.ca/members/allan-teddy-morris/

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One thought on “Little Iron Man: Austin Avenue’s “Teddy” Morris

  1. So, so good to receive these, thanks.

    On Sun, Sep 26, 2021 at 8:38 AM Leslieville Historical Society wrote:

    > Leslieville Historical Society posted: ” We received this interesting > note! Allen “Teddy” Morris from the Canadian Football Hall of Fame Thanks > for pulling this information together. It appears that Allen Morris, listed > as the son of policeman Gordon Morris of 59 Austin Ave in the 1911 an” >

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