Baseball the Beeston way
• The Blue Jays hired Beeston as an accountant upon the team's formation in 1976. In his time with Toronto, he served in a number of different roles besides president and CEO, including vice president of business operations (1977), executive vice president (1984), and president and chief operating officer (1989).
• His numerous accolades include being named member of the Order of Canada (1998) and being elected to the board of directors of the Baseball Hall of Fame (2002). In 1994, the Toronto and Montreal chapters of the Baseball Writers Association of America named him the Canadian Baseball Man of the Year.
• Beeston was also placed in the Blue Jays Level of Excellence at Rogers Centre on April 4, 2008, prior to the Jays' home opener versus the Boston Red Sox. • Beeston graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1967 with a degree in economics and political science. The school awarded him with an honourary doctor of laws degree in 1994.
• He also received an honourary doctor of social sciences degree from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York (2001).
• His professional career began in 1968 with the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand. He obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1971.
Program: CBC Evening News
Broadcast Date: Oct. 19, 1997
Guest(s): Paul Beeston
Narrator: Tom Harrington
Last updated: February 2, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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