Fritz Hanson

Bio

Full name: Melvin L. Hanson

Preferred name: Fritz

Born July 13, 1914 in Perham, MN

Last Season (1948) Vitals:
  • Height: 5′ 8″
  • Position: HB
  • Jersey: #35
Amateur Programs
  • North Dakota State
8 Season Career with WPGS, WPG, CGY

Active years: 1936–1941, 1947–1948

64 career games (See notes for restrictions)

  • 59 regular season games
  • 5 Grey Cup appearances (0 championship wins)
  • 1939 Winner (WPG) Lionel Conacher Award (CP Male Athlete of the Year)
Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Fritz Hanson was inducted into the Player wing in 1963 (charter member) (CFHoF profile).

Winnipeg Blue Bombers WFC Hall of Fame

Fritz Hanson was inducted into the Player wing in 1984.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Ring of Honour

Fritz Hanson was inducted into the Player wing in 2018.

Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

Fritz Hanson was inducted into the Player wing in 1980.

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Fritz Hanson was inducted into the Player wing in 1987.

Season Team Position Jersey Regular
GP
Playoff
GP
Grey Cup
GP
8 seasons
(Rank: T922nd,
91st percentile,
8 CFL seasons)
3 teams 59
(Rank: T2166th,
80th percentile,
59 CFL games)
0 5
1936 WPGS HB 8 -- 0
1937 WPGS HB 8 -- 1
1938 WPG HB 4 -- 1
1939 WPG HB 12 -- 1
1940 WPG HB 4 -- 0
1941 WPG HB 6 -- 1
1947 CGY HB 23 6 -- 0
1948 CGY HB 35 11 -- 1