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All It Took Was Three Months

This world is a crazy place. Mark Cuban and Peter Angelos are basically the same guy. With just a few exceptions, they are essentially indistinguishable gentlemen. Yet, Cuban is considered a star while Angelos is considered a slug. Strange thing.

Perhaps it's the exceptions I referenced above. Cuban is young and brimming with vivaciousness, whereas Angelos is, depending on your viewpoint, either 77 going on 120 or surprisingly young for 150. Cuban is everywhere; Angelos is reclusive (though maybe it's better that way for humanity). Cuban treats his coach like a king; Angelos makes his employees kiss his feet, unless those employees are Huey and Looey, his bumbling sons, who must merely draw Peter's bath. Cuban's team wins, and Angelos's team has persistently lost for nearly a decade now. Whereas Cuban boasts his triumphs with the ladies, Angelos is . . . well, let's not think about that, shall we?

I guess the differences add up.

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Baltimore attorney Peter Angelos and a group of investors bid a record $173 million to buy the [Baltimore] Orioles in a bankruptcy auction in New York last week, paying a tremendous premium to bring control of the club back into the hands of local owners. "The purpose---from the outset---was to bring ownership of the club back to Baltimore," Angelos says. "It seemed to me incongruous that a city as thriving as Baltimore and a state as wonderful as Maryland always required help from out of town with our ballclub." Perhaps it was not intentional, but Angelos quickly distanced himself from the club's two previous owners . . . the implication being that he would be far better connected with local fans.

---Sporting News, Monday, August 16, 1993.

Now the Orioles are owned by a group headed by Baltimore attorney Peter Angelos. And in his first month on the job, Angelos proceeds to force out club President Larry Lucchino, who was a driving force behind the building of Camden Yards, baseball's greatest showcase, and one of the best young minds to come into baseball in years.

Lucchino resigned last week after Angelos brought in his bean counters to oversee front office matters, thus making Lucchino's role untenable. In the process, the Orioles' competent front office and stadium staff, one of the most competent and loyal such groups in all of sports, must again labor in the same uncertain atmosphere that marred the strange reign of [Eli] Jacobs.

The Orioles employees hardly deserve such treatment. And neither do Orioles fans, who must again wonder what on earth is going on with their favorite team.

---Sporting News, Monday, November 8, 1993.