Here are #WNSTSweet16 people who had a dream in Baltimore

January 21, 2014 | Nestor Aparicio

15. Larry Lucchino (and by extension, Edward Bennett Williams)

So many franchise goals were accomplished under the leadership of Larry Lucchino that only his hasty exit in 1993 upon the purchase of the Baltimore Orioles by Peter Angelos kept him from fully getting the credit for what amounted to a halcyon period for baseball in the region. And Lucchino’s biggest credit other than overseeing virtually every aspect of the construction of Oriole Park at Camden Yards should be that he truly did make the team a regional franchise under first the ownership of Edward Bennett Williams and then the C.E.O. and minority partner under Eli Jacobs.

Lucchino, as it will be told in The Peter Principles at this March, was all set to remain in charge of the Baltimore Orioles in 1993 when he found William DeWitt Jr. to buy the team before it wound up at a bankruptcy auction in New York where Angelos swooped in to keep it away from him.

He left for San Diego, where he built another stadium and went to the World Series and then Boston, where he revolutionized the franchise, remodeled Fenway Park and has been aboard for three titles now in the new century.  A Princeton lawyer who played basketball there with Bill Bradley, Lucchino is the only man known to have World Series rings (Orioles ’83, Red Sox ’04, ’07, and ’13), a Super Bowl ring (Redskins ’83) and a Final Four watch (Princeton, ’65). He is also a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor.

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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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