sporting events history toronto

This is what sporting events used to look like in Toronto

While they may not be allowed in Toronto right now, it's still fun to take a look back at the city's history and explore how sporting events looked over the years.

While the city has never hosted a sporting event on the scale of the Olympics, there's a long history of amateur and professional sport in Toronto, one which features surprises like Hanlan's Point Stadium and swims across Lake Ontario.

Take a trip into the past of Toronto's sporting legacy.

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Lacrosse at Hanlan's Point Stadium in 1910.

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Automobile Polo at the CNE in 1910.

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Boxing match at Christie Pits in 1915.

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Varsity Stadium was the city's biggest hub for sporting events throughout the first half of the 20th century.

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Varsity Stadium in the 1920s.

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A bike race at the CNE.

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Horse racing was a massive draw in Toronto throughout the first half the 20th century. Seen here is Woodbine Race Track in the 1920s.

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Patsy Wallace and Jimmy Wilde square off at a CNE boxing match in 1920.

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Hanlan's Point Stadium lit up in 1928.

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Maple Leaf Stadium hosted pro baseball until in was demolished in the late 1960s.

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Lou Turofsky photographs the Grey Cup at Varsity Stadium in 1950.

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Maple Leafs action in the 1950s.

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Marilyn Bell swam across Lake Ontario in 1954.

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Crowds fill the Royal York Hotel during the 1956 Grey Cup, which CFL football was a much bigger deal.

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Crowds fill Exhibition Stadium in the late 1970s for Blue Jays game action.

Lead photo by

Toronto Archives


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