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What sporting events used to look like in Toronto

With the Pan Am Games on the horizon, it seemed like the right time to add to our sizeable archive of historical posts with a look back at sporting events over the years in Toronto. While the city has never hosted a sporting event on the scale of Pan Am, there is 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.

Photos from the Toronto Archives


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