Here are #WNSTSweet16 people who had a dream in Baltimore

January 21, 2014 | Nestor Aparicio

7. John Moag

Almost 19 years after he lured Art and David Modell from Cleveland to Baltimore, local attorney and power broker John Moag lays low locally these days since his departure from the Maryland Stadium Authority in 1999 with a job that could only be deemed as “well done.” Many men tried and failed to lure an NFL franchise to Baltimore between 1984 and 1995 but it was Moag who had the deal in his briefcase that would change the modern landscape of Baltimore sports.

He was entrusted by Gov. Parris Glendening and saw through the hard work of William Donald Schaefer (who will appear later in our slide show) in leveraging several NFL franchise owners in the pursuit of a team for Baltimore that would become the Ravens.

Many tried. He succeeded. Against all odds and with naysayers everywhere, he saw an NFL team on the field in Baltimore before anyone and he made it happen. He will always be a civic hero for anyone whose ever worn the color purple on a Sunday in the land of pleasant living.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Sam Says:

    This list is spot on…but somewhere in 16, Ray Lewis’ name should have appeared. No doubt about it.

  2. TimNATC Says:

    Heck of a job with this list! I see one that is missing though. His name is Nestor Aparicio. You cannot be a Baltimore sports fan and not recognize what Nestor has done for/meant to the city of Baltimore. Nestor worked hard from a young age to learn and master his craft. When he started WNST people laughed and said he would fail. He had a nationally syndicated radio show and gave it up because he didn’t want to leave his hometown. We should all be thankful that he stayed. Since I have known Nestor (I only really know him through listening and reading) he has always been ahead of his time. He loves sports, he loves Baltimore. Thank you Nestor!

  3. Rich Says:

    TimNATC stole my thunder. Except somehow I believe Nestor’s name is conspicuously absent from the list of 16, but is blatantly included by way of the byline. I, too, believe Nestor is the ultimate Baltimore sports dream-come-true story, but you’d be hard-pressed to fill the stands with enough believers. I don’t think he’d really want it any other way. Nice work, Nasty, as always.

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