We debut our #WNSTSweet16 list with the Greatest Local Sports debuts

January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

2. Steve Bisciotti’s first season as Ravens minority owner (2000)

A number of listeners suggested Jamal Lewis’ 2000 rookie season for this list, and perhaps he deserved his own spot. But a different “rookie” jumped out at me in telling the story of the Ravens’ first Super Bowl victory.

NFL owners approved the sale of 49% of the team from Art Modell to local businessman Steve Bisciotti on March 27, 2000. Bisciotti was immediately credited with providing the funds necessary to put together the 2000 roster that would win Super Bowl XXXV. Bisciotti remained behind the scenes while Art Modell remained the more visible (and still majority) owner of the team. Bisciotti would purchase the rest of the team in 2004, but perhaps no “debut” was as significant in the history of Baltimore sports as the Ravens’ future owner.

I have been completely unable to unearth a photo of Steve Bisciotti from 2000. Instead-courtesy of Kevin Byrne’s blog at BaltimoreRavens.com, a story of Steve Bisciotti and Art Modell at the time of Modell’s death.

And the No. 1 debut is on next page…

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Doug in Ellicott City Says:

    Fun list…interesting insight. Greatest debut in Baltimore history has to be Frank Robinson in 1966. Joe Altobelli didn’t do so bad, either. Two other Orioles debut seasons that come to mind are Mighty Mike Young (’84 & ’85?) and Jim Traber in the summer of ’86.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    I was at many of those events and I was lucky to be born here in 1958 and grow up with the Orioles and Colts in their prime. I have to totally agree with Frank being number one.
    I was a Jr Oriole in 66 attending many games with my late father. Frank turned this town on its ear and provided baseball with a season for the ages. His 6 years here was the Oriole way!

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