Legendary sportscaster Jim McKay passed away last week. Sports fans everywhere remember his work calling several Olympics and hosting the Wide World of Sports on ABC, but Maryland residents remember the Loyola College alum for his work at the behest of his adopted state, including his minority ownership in the Baltimore Orioles.
Way back in the halcyon days of 1993, McKay joined a group that included ambulance-chaser Peter Angelos, tennis star Pam Shriver, novelist Tom Clancy, Diner director Barry Levinson and some black dude to purchase the Orioles from owner Eli Jacobs, who was selling the team to recover from personal bankruptcy. Fast forward fifteen years and it is the Orioles success as a team that has been bankrupted. Zing!
After Angelos' group defeated Bill DeWitt's bid to purchase the team, McKay was quoted as such:
"Our reason was we love the Orioles, and we thought local ownership was vital. The most frequent thing we hear from fans when we go to games is not 'Congratulations,' but 'Thank you.' "
After McKay's passing, I can only guess that Angelos will assume control over McKay's small percentage ownership in the team and devour his corpse.