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Lionel "Big Train" Conacher

Birthdate:   24 May, 1900
Category: Sports

Lionel Pretoria Conacher, MP (May 24, 1900 –May 26, 1954), nicknamed "The Big Train", was a Canadian athlete and politician. Voted the country's top athlete of the first half of the 20th century, he won championships in numerous sports. His first passion was football; he was a member of the 1921 Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts. He was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs baseball team that won the International League championship in 1926. In hockey, he won a Memorial Cup in 1920, and the Stanley Cup twice: with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1934 and the Montreal Maroons in 1935. Additionally, he won wrestling, boxing and lacrosse championships during his playing career Without any doubt he is the greatest Canadian athlete of all time.


Named the country's top athlete of the first half centrury
Inducted into:
      Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955;
      Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1964;
      Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1965; and
      Hockey Hall of Fame in 1994.

Additionally, the Canadian Press gives the Lionel Conacher Award to its male athlete of the year
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