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Harold Ballard bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Harold Ballard

Executive Career

President of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1978 - 1989

Awards and Honours

Grey Cup Participation as an Executive
1980, 1984 - 1986 (4)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s) as an Executive
1986 (1)

Harold E. Ballard's affiliation with Canadian football began when he purchased the Hamilton Tiger-cats in 1978. During a time when the fortunes of the Tiger-Cats were sagging, he helped to revitalize the team. "Pal Hal" and long-time friend and team vice-president, Francis "King" Clancy, were the team's number one fans, travelling to Tiger-Cat games across Canada.

The Tiger-Cats appeared in four Grey Cup championships under the Ballard ownership, and was victorious in the 1986 game over the heavily favoured Edmonton Eskimos. The Grey Cup championship, one of Ballard's proudest moments, was saddened only by the death of Clancy.
In his youth, Harold Ballard participated in speed skating and powerboat racing. He was the son of a skate manufacturer and became involved with the hockey business at an early age.

Harold E. Ballard is also a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1987 as a builder.

Class of 1987

Harold BallardRichard HuffmanRobert KramerAngelo MoscaTom Wilkinson

Football Reporters of Canada

Eric BishopTrent FrayneJim HuntGillis Purcell

Ballard, Harold
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