Saturday, May 03, 2008

Perry Moss on Alouette owner Ted Workman

Perry Moss - disaster in Mtl
Ted Workman, who owned the Montreal Alouettes for 13 disastrous years along with Joe Atwell was spectacularly incompetent. He was Montreal's Harold Ballard. When Workman sold the team to Sam Berger in 1969 he became interim commissioner of the CFL, but tellingly, he was never even inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame. Among Workman's bad ideas: he tried to get the players involved in a religious cult he was involved with. Here's a description of Workman from Perry Moss the hotshot Workman managed to hire to run the operation.
"I suppose the most famous trade ever made in the CFL was the one where (Sam) Etcheverry and Hal Patterson went from our club to Hamilton for (Bernie) Faloney and a young kid named Don Paquette. Workman made that trade, though I got the rap for it. You see, Workman and Jake Gaudaur, the GM at Hamilton, made the deal in the Mount Royal Hotel. When it was settled, Workman took off for New York. He phoned me from there, telling me to announce it. I was thunderstruck. What Workman didn't know was that I had signed Sam to a no-trade contract. Trading him made him a free agent. He joined St. Louis Cardinals. So Faloney stayed in Hamilton, we lost Sam to St. Louis, and young Paquette came to us in a straight trade for the super pass-catcher Patterson." Also, the owner Workman had become involved in a movement called Moral Rearmament, presenting Moss with internal problems. "One day I arrived at my office to find Workman at my desk surrounded by at least 10,000 magazines on moral rearmament. He had the entire office staff wrapping and stamping them. He had the players involved in this crusade of his, too, taking them to the movement's headquarters in Michigan. I kept objecting and, in the end, I was fired. For years, I had a terrible time getting a job in football."

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

anon 'cause I know too much... he went on to be a born again christian, doing kind things like cheating on his wife and then re marrying a woman with a kid. He adopted her kid and turned his back on his four children. He lives in grand cayman so that he can avoid taxes. he thinks he's a good man but he's a liar and everything christ said you shouldn't be... judgmental/arrogant/ruthless... interesting karma ahead of him...

tanya said...

Well.......I communicated with my father almost daily. What does that say for the rest of your facts? Tanya Workman

Anonymous said...

Another anonymous said: My goodness do you think Perry Moss is bitter? And how abut "anon"?Let him who has never sinned throw the first stone. Some folks need to look inside themselves. Ted Workman has quietly done more for other people than anyone will ever know. There will be a special place in Heaven for Ted. As for the rest of you non-believers good luck....

Anonymous said...

Anonymous #1 - I am the "adopted kid". He has turned his back on all 5 of his children. He is living in Grand Cayman for the same reason most people do - to avoid paying stupid amounts of taxes...I live here now too. Believe me...with the cost of living here tax free is a joke! He hasn't saved anything financially on that front. I do not have much time for him myself, nor my mother, however, if you are going to throw stones you better have the stones to name yourself. PS I am not a goat....I was a three year old CHILD. Please extend me that much courtesy.
Jennifer Workman

Anonymous said...

Is this the same Ted Workman who was blamed for the UCO Pension fund drama?

Bob Bethune