Don McDougall

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Don McDougall

Biographical Information[edit]

Don McDougall worked in several managerial positions for the Labatt brewery, before being named the company's president in 1973.

One of his tasks as president was to secure an MLB franchise for the brewery and for the city of Toronto. He had to overcome a failed attempt to bring the San Francisco Giants to the city, and also had to fend off a rival group of businessmen with the same goal of bringing baseball north. He was part of the team that eventually brought the Toronto Blue Jays into existence in 1976, and was the club's founding director.

McDougall hired Paul Beeston and Pat Gillick, paving the way for the club's eventual World Series wins. After leaving the Jays, he headed several successful business ventures.

He is recognized by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for his tenacity in bringing big league baseball to Toronto and was inducted into the Hall in 2002.