Dick Shatto

Dick Shatto (1933, Springfield, Ohio – February 4, 2003, New Port Richey, Florida) was a professional Canadian football player for the Canadian Football League Toronto Argonauts. Shatto’s career with the Argos lasted twelve seasons, from 1954 to 1965. His #22 jersey is one of only four that has been retired by the club. Shatto had been one of the most productive players in the CFL and for a team that made the playoffs only three times during his career: 1955, 1960, and 1961. Unfortunately for such a star player the Argos finished last in their conference eight times often with only four wins in a 14-game season. Nevertheless Shatto held record for most career touchdowns with 91, of which 39 were rushing and 52 were receiving. In the plus 40 years since he retired he still ranks eighth overall. Shatto was the all-time leader for the most combined (rushing and receiving) yardage with 13,642 yards that came on 1322 carries and 466 receptions. Presently he still ranks in seventh place, and he is still third among running backs, passed only by George Reed and Mike Pringle. His most productive season was 1960 when he carried the ball 122 times for 708 yards with a touchdown and caught 53 passes for 894 yards with ten more majors for a total yards from scrimmage of 1,602. When it comes to total yardage, that also includes return yardage from punts, kickoffs and missed field goals, as well as yards from scrimmage, Shatto accumulated a total of 15,725 yards. That put him second all-time in 1965 and since then he has dropped to only seventh place. Interestingly Shatto never surpassed 1,000 yards in a season either rushing or receiving. However he did average 1,136 yards per season in yards from scrimmage. His best seasons in running the ball came in 1958 and 1959 when he tallied 969 and 950 yards respectively. The former being a team record at the time according to official statistics. Also he never led the CFL or the Eastern Conference in rushing yards. Shatto’s 6,958 rushing yards remains to this day an Argonaut team record and at the end of his career he was sixth all-time. He provided the Argos with 16 100-yard rushing games. As a receiver Shatto accumulated 6,684 yards and his best season came in 1963 with 67 receptions for 945 yards and ten touchdowns. When he left the game he was the number two all-time receiver. He led the Eastern Conference in receptions in 1962 (47), 1963 (67) and 1964 (53). Shatto was the Argos’ nominee for the Most Outstanding Player Award in 1955, 1957-59, and 1962-64 and was the league’s runner-up in 1958 and 1964. Plus he was an Eastern All-Star from 1956-1959 and 1961-64. He was named to the league’s all-star squad (not started until 1962) in 1963 and 1964. Shatto was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1975. From 1970-1973 Shatto was a colour commentator for the CFL on CTV. In 1976, he became general manager of the Toronto Argonauts. The Argonauts went 17-30-1 in Shatto’s three seasons as GM, making the playoffs only once. His daughter, Cindy Shatto competed in 3 Metres Springboard diving at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games and in Women’s 10 metre platform diving at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Shatto died on February 4, 2003, in New Port Richey, Florida. His ashes were spread over the site of old Exhibition Stadium.