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Joseph Ryan bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Joseph B. Ryan

Executive Career

Manager of the Winnipeg 'Pegs/Blue Bombers
1931 - 1941

Secretary and Manager of the Montreal Alouettes
1946 - 1949

General Manager of the Edmonton Eskimos
1960 - 1964

Awards and Honours

Grey Cup Participation as an Executive
1935, 1937 -1939, 1941, 1949, 1960 (7)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s) as an Executive
1935, 1939, 1941, 1949 (4)

Joseph B. Ryan was instrumental in the organization and management of many football clubs within Canada. In 1932, Ryan engineered the amalgamation of the Winnipeg 'Pegs Rugby Football club and the St. John's Rugby Club to formed the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In 1933, Winnipeg won the Western Championship and in 1935 became the first team, west of Ontario to win the Grey Cup.

Ryan was in the east during the 1940's and assisted in the organization of the Montreal Hornets in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IPRFU) in 1944 and the Montreal Alouettes in 1946. With the help of some clever scouting, the Alouettes went on to win the Grey Cup in 1949.

Ryan was the western representative on the Canadian Rugby Union (CRU) rules committee for 14 years. In 1945, Ryan was honoured with the CRU plaque for outstanding service.

Joseph B. Ryan is also a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1968 as a builder.

Class of 1968

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