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Bobby Simpson

Full name: Robert Lee "Bobby" Simpson
Gender: Male
Born: April 20, 1930 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Died: November 28, 2007 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Tillsonburg Livingstons, Tillsonburg (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Basketball

Biography

Bobby Simpson played basketball for Canada at the 1952 Olympics, but that is not the sport for which he remains a Canadian sporting legend. He started out in rugby football with the Windsor Rockets in 1949, but in 1950 began playing in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Ottawa Rough Riders. For the Rough Riders, he set numerous CFL records, including catching 65 touchdown passes, a record later surpassed. He played in the CFL thru 1962 and was four-times voted the All-Canadian Outstanding Player. In an era in which this rarely occurred, he was even approached by the New York Giants of the NFL to play for them, an offer he spurned to remain in Ottawa. Simpson’s basketball career began in high school, where he played on two Ontario Provincial champions. He later played for the Tillsonburg Livingstons, who won the 1952 Olympic Trials which allowed them, and Simpson, to compete in Helsinki. After his sports career ended, he coached briefly and then became a sports executive. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1976, the Greater Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Windsor-Essex Sports Hall of Fame, also in 1998.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Basketball Men's Basketball Canada CAN 13T

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Basketball Canada CAN Group C Match #1 1 1952-07-14 CAN 68, ITA 57 8
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Basketball Canada CAN Group C Match #3 1 1952-07-15 CAN 72, ROU 51 0
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Basketball Canada CAN Group C Match #6 1 1952-07-17 CAN 63, EGY 57 0
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Basketball Canada CAN Group C Match #4 2 1952-07-25 ARG 82, CAN 81 14