The latest #WNSTSweet16 is a laughing matter

March 25, 2014 | Luke Jones

1. Art Donovan

What really needs to be said about the man who may have been business on the field but was the jovial life of the party everywhere else?

Nearly every Baltimorean has a unique story or knows someone with an experience involving the Hall of Fame defensive tackle who became known more for his personality than his terrific play for the Colts in the 1950s and early 1960s. Whether it was his famous television appearances with David Letterman or simply holding court with his guests at Valley Country Club, Donovan was larger than life and unafraid to laugh at anyone — including himself.

A civic treasure lost just last year, Donovan was a goofball in the most positive form of the word and tops the list of unforgettable Baltimore sports personalities.


3 Comments For This Post

  1. Sam Says:

    Great work Luke. Actually was a great list and you didn’t miss a name. IMO.

  2. chris Says:

    GREAT job. I dont think anyone in their right mind would complain about this list. Watching the letterman clips with Art Donovan took me back. Holy Moly he was funny.

    On a side note, what do you think the back lash would be today if a player (just because he was also on the list, we’ll say Terell Suggs) went on a late night talk show and talked about a jewish guy beating him out in college and then making the reference to “those guys are supposed to be lawyers and doctors? It makes me wish we could go back to the 80’s and 90’s when people didnt get bent out of shape about everything.

    (L.J. – Thanks, Chris. I was thinking the same exact thing when I heard that portion of the clip. It was definitely a different era.)

  3. Phil Says:

    Nice job! I still get chills listening to the Decinces homerun call…seems like it was yesterday for a lifelong Oriooo’s fan as Eckman would say.

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