Country: United States
Born: April 18, 1905, in Winnipeg,
Died: October 24, 1990
Sid Halter was the first Commissioner of the Canadian Football League,
and held the position from the CFL's inception in 1958 until 1966. At
his 1966 induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, he was acknowledged
as “the architect of the modern day Canadian Football League”.
A Winnipeg lawyer, Halter was Commissioner of the Western Inter-Provincial
Football Union 1953 to 1957. The Union merged in 1958 with the Eastern Big
Four to form the CFL. Halter drew up many of the new League’s rules and
bylaws, and is credited with steering the League through its evolutionary years.
From 1938 to 1946, Halter was president of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada.
During the years 1934 through 1953 he operated in various executive capacities,
including president of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Rugby Football Club. During
the 1960s, he was also chairman of the Manitoba Horse Racing Commission.
Halter is recipient of the Order of Canada. He has been inducted into the Canadian
Amateur Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and the Manitoba Sports
Hall of Fame.
During World War II, Halter served in the RCAF, and retired with the rank of
Squadron Leader. Two years after the war, he was appointed King’s Counsel.