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Updated following the 2017 Labour Day Classic

Since 1982 and for all but two years since 1969, the Calgary Stampeders have been hosting the Edmonton Eskimos in the Labour Day Classic. The Labour Day edition of the Battle of Alberta was first played in Calgary in 1959 and the clubs have met a total of 52 times, with the Stamps holding a record of 26-25-1.

While there’s a lot of Labour Day history between the Stampeders and Eskimos, there’s more to the Red and White’s tradition on the September holiday than the rivalry with their provincial rivals.

As a matter of fact, the first Labour Day game was the first regular-season contest the Stampeders ever played. The historic Sept. 2, 1946, game was against the Regina Roughriders at Calgary’s Mewata Stadium and the Stamps won 9-0.

It was in 1949 that the now-familiar Stampeders-Eskimos Labour Day matchup was born. The Alberta teams played five straight years in Edmonton before the series was briefly abandoned. Then, in 1959, the rivalry with the Eskimos was renewed. This time, Calgary was the site of the game and, with a few exceptions, it’s in this form that the tradition continues to exist today.

A total of 62 Labour Day games have been played in Calgary over the years, with the Stamps posting a 36-25-1 record. Calgary is 26-25-1 against Edmonton and undefeated against the Blue Bombers (6-0), the Argonauts (2-0), the Roughriders (1-0) and the Lions (1-0).

Single-Game Bests Fast Facts
Rushing Yards Current Streak
211 Earl Lunsford Sept. 5, 1960 Calgary has won six games (2012-17)
Rushing Touchdowns Longest Winning Streak
3 Earl Lunsford Sept. 5, 1960 6 1993-1998
Receiving Yards Longest Losing Streak
199 Ryan Thelwell Sept. 3, 2007 5 1972-77
Receptions Most Consecutive Sellouts
11 Allen Pitts Sept. 4, 1995 13 1997-2009
Receiving Touchdowns Most Points Scored By One Team
3 Allen Pitts Sept. 4, 1995 52 Calgary 2010 – Cgy. 52, Edm. 5
Passing Yards Fewest Points Scored By One Team
546 Jeff Garcia Sept. 4, 1995 1 Calgary 1979 – Cgy. 1, Edm. 27
Passing Attempts Most Points Scored Combined
49 Doug Flutie Sept. 6, 1993 84 1991 – Cgy. 48, Edm. 36
Pass Completions
33 Jeff Garcia Sept. 4, 1995
Touchdown Passes
6 Jeff Garcia Sept. 4, 1995

 

History
Year Opponent Result
1946 Regina W 9-0
1955 Winnipeg W 12-9
1958 Winnipeg W 11-3
1959 Edmonton L 16-10
1960 Edmonton L 29-28
1961 Edmonton L 10-9
1962 Edmonton W 49-17
1963 Edmonton W 13-11
1964 Winnipeg W 25-8
1965 Winnipeg W 35-7
1966 Toronto W 13-8
1967 Winnipeg W 39-0
1968 BC W 26-6
1969 Edmonton W 16-14
1970 Edmonton W 28-13
1971 Edmonton W 23-7
1972 Edmonton L 31-19
1973 Winnipeg W 25-24
1974 Edmonton L 20-16
1975 Edmonton L 35-31
1976 Edmonton L 19-17
1977 Edmonton L 22-8
1978 Edmonton T 28-28
1979 Edmonton L 27-1
1980 Edmonton L 38-23
1981 Toronto W 23-5
1982 Edmonton W 32-20
1983 Edmonton W 18-15
1984 Edmonton L 30-28
1985 Edmonton L 34-28
1986 Edmonton L 42-19
1987 Edmonton W 29-20
1988 Edmonton L 27-11
1989 Edmonton L 31-14
1990 Edmonton L 38-4
1991 Edmonton W 48-36
1992 Edmonton L 34-21
1993 Edmonton W 33-13
1994 Edmonton W 48-15
1995 Edmonton W 51-26
1996 Edmonton W 31-13
1997 Edmonton W 27-14
1998 Edmonton W 26-8
1999 Edmonton L 33-30 (OT)
2000 Edmonton L 30-18
2001 Edmonton L 33-32
2002 Edmonton L 28-20
2003 Edmonton W 28-22
2004 Edmonton L 25-7
2005 Edmonton L 25-23
2006 Edmonton W 44-23
2007 Edmonton W 35-24
2008 Edmonton L 37-16
2009 Edmonton W 32-8
2010 Edmonton W 52-5
2011 Edmonton L 35-7
2012 Edmonton W 31-30
2013 Edmonton W 37-34
2014 Edmonton W 28-13
2015 Edmonton W 16-7
2016 Edmonton W 45-24
2017 Edmonton W 39-18