Tiger-Cats’ owner Bob Young to be inducted into Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ owner Bob Young has been selected for induction into the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame.

The native of Ancaster, Ont. purchased the Ticats in 2003 and supplied a strong financial foundation for a team that was struggling on and off the field. During his tenure as owner, Hamilton has made 12 postseason appearances, four Grey Cup appearances, and moved to a new facility in Tim Hortons Field, which opened in 2014. The Grey Cup will be played at the venue for the second time later this year.

In 2022, Young sold a 40 percent ownership stake in the team to a group that included Stelco, a prominent Hamilton-based steel company. Young playfully describes himself as the team’s “caretaker,” rather than its owner. He also owns Forge FC of the Canadian Premier League.

Ellison Kelly, a longtime player for the Ticats, will also be inducted into the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame. The native of Butler, Ga. played primarily along the offensive line during his 11-year run with the team (1960-70), winning Grey Cups in 1963, 1965, and 1967. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1992 and remained in Hamilton after his career was over, passing away in 2016 at the age of 80.

This year’s other inductees for the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame include Bob Hanley, Jessica Rakoczy, and Dr. Melissa Tancredi. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Michelangelo Events and Conference Centre.