Induction: July 26, 1984
Born (date, year, place): July 27, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec
Primary Position: Builder
Without Charles Bronfman’s dedication and commitment, it’s unlikely that major league baseball would be played in Canada today. The Montreal native was chairman of the board and principal owner of the Expos from the club’s inception until it was sold to a consortium in 1991. During his ownership tenure, Bronfman evolved into an influential baseball man, serving on numerous decision-making committees. In 1982, he served as an advisor to commissioner Bowie Kuhn and was instrumental in bringing that season’s All-Star game to Olympic Stadium – the first time the midsummer classic was contested outside of the United States.
A highly respected businessman around the world, Bronfman is a well-known philanthropist. He was named a companion of the Order of Canada in 1992 and has been awarded several honorary university doctorates.