Gaudaur, Jacob Gill, Jr
Jacob Gill Gaudaur Jr, "Jake," football player, executive, commissioner (b at Orillia, Ont 5 Oct 1920). An all-round athlete, he was a prominent oarsman and an accomplished lacrosse player in his youth. He joined the RCAF and played football with the champion Toronto RCAF-Hurricanes (1942). He continued playing after WWII, finally joining the Hamilton Tigers in 1948. He was captain of the club from 1950 and centre on the 1953 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Grey Cup championship team.
From 1954 to 1968, he was president and general manager of the Tiger-Cats. He also played an unofficial role for the CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE, selling TV rights and negotiating an agreement with the US National Football League to honour each league's contracts. In Apr 1968 he was appointed commissioner of the CFL, a position he held to 1984. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.