Paul Beeston was one of the first people through the door when the Toronto Blue Jays came into existence back in 1976. He is truly a pillar within the baseball team’s front office and brain trust.
Beeston was the first employee hired by the Blue Jays in 1976. He saw the team through its 1990s glory years. He was hired as Vice President of Administration. Beeston later took over as Vice President of Business Operations ahead of the club's first full season in 1977. Beeston served as the team's President from 1989 to 1997. During that time he led the club to back-to-back World Series championships.
Beeston’s first retirement from baseball came in 2002 after a five-year run in Major League Baseball’s commissioner’s office.
In 2008, Beeston returned for a second stint as Blue Jays president and CEO.
His second run with the team was capped in the fall of 2015. A gripping playoff run ended with a six-game loss to Kansas City in the American League Championship Series. He retired again in October of 2015.
His resume includes being named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1988. In 1998, Beeston was elected to the board of directors of the Baseball Hall of Fame and in 2002 he was inducted in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
He also worked as the President of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 1994.
Beeston becomes the first Blue Jays employee to hold the title of President Emeritus.