Les “Butch” Lear

Bio

Full name: Leslie Lear

Preferred name: Les

Nickname: Butch

Born: Aug. 22, 1918 in Grafton, ND

Died: Jan. 5, 1979

Last Season (1950) Vitals:
  • Position: G
  • Jersey: #38
Amateur Programs
  • Manitoba
  • Winnipeg Victorias Jr.
10 Season Career

Active years: 1937–1943, 1948–1950
Active teams (3):

  • WPG 1937–1941
  • WRCAFB 1942–1943
  • CGY 1948–1950

43 career games (See notes for restrictions)

  • 37 regular season games
  • 6 Grey Cup appearances (0 championship wins)
6 Grey Cup Appearances
Season Team Position Jersey Regular
GP
Playoff
GP
Grey Cup
GP
10 seasons
(Rank: T946th,
91st percentile,
8 CFL seasons)
3 teams 37
(Rank: T3258th,
71st percentile,
37 CFL games)
0 6
1937 WPG G, T 1 -- 0
1938 WPG G, T 3 -- 0
1939 WPG G, T 10 -- 1
1940 WPG G, T 8 -- 0
1941 WPG G 8 -- 1
1942 WRCAFB G 0 -- 1
1943 WRCAFB G 0 -- 1
1948 CGY G 0 -- 1
1949 CGY G 41 2 -- 1
1950 CGY G 38 5 -- 0
Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Les “Butch” Lear was inducted into the Player wing in 1974 (Canadian Football Hall of Fame profile).

Winnipeg Blue Bombers WFC Hall of Fame

Les “Butch” Lear was inducted into the Player wing in 1984.

Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

Les “Butch” Lear was inducted into the Player wing in 2019.

  • Calgary Stampeders (Jan. 1, 1948 – Dec. 31, 1952)

Les “Butch” Lear's Head Coaching Record
WIFU
SeasonGPWLTPCTPFPA
Regular Season70403000.5711,1381,030
Playoffs63210.6678173