Here are #WNSTSweet16 people who had a dream in Baltimore

January 21, 2014 | Nestor Aparicio

8. Jerold Hoffberger

A lover of sport and horse racing and a brewer of an iconic local beer, Jerry Hoffberger blazed a trail in the 1950s when he essentially bought the Baltimore Major League Baseball territory from Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith with the stroke of a pen and a National Bohemian sponsorship in the nation’s capital. Along with an attorney Clarence Miles, he put together a syndicate that bought the St. Louis Browns for $2.5 million and moved them to Baltimore as the Orioles in 1954.

In 1965, he bought the controlling interest in the team and brought in Frank Cashen, formerly his advertising director in the beer world, as executive vice president. The Orioles went on to win four AL pennants and two World Series from 1966-71. He sold the team to Edward Bennett Williams in 1979 for $9 million.
He saw the Baltimore Orioles before anyone in the world envisioned them. And it’s still hard to pass a bar in East Baltimore that doesn’t have one of his beer lights. He IS the “Boh Man.”

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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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