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PETER ANGELOS: THE THORN IN BASEBALL'S SIDE
Published January 23, 1995
Orioles Owner Peter Angelos has "taken center stage in baseball's labor battle with his refusal to use replacement players -- even under the threat of having his franchise revoked" (Thom Loverro, WASHINGTON TIMES, 1/23). SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's Tim Kurkjian profiled Angelos on ABC's "Wide World of Sports." Angelos, on the fielding of replacement players: "We are convinced that 90% or more of our fans would demand a refund of their money. So that in itself tells you that this threat, and that's exactly what it is. This rattling of the sabre by the owners -- 'if we can't work something out we'll use replacement players' -- is an empty threat because the parties that will be injured the most if we resort to so-called replacement players will be the owners of the franchises" (ABC, 1/21). In New York, Claire Smith profiles Angelos: "He single-handedly fights on, establishing himself as the proverbial thorn and the potential worst nightmare of the game's top authorities" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/22). Mike Lupica: "His stand against replacement baseball is proper, and he comes up looking like a hero at a time when baseball needs at least one hero" ("SportsReporters," ESPN, 1/22). Angelos will speak with AL President Gene Budig about the league's contention that he must field a replacement team (WASHINGTON POST, 1/22). O'S FANS: More than 6,000 attended the Orioles' winter carnival at Camden Yards and bought 30,000 tickets to regular season games. The turnout almost doubled attendance from last year's carnival (Jim Henneman, Baltimore SUN, 1/22). Orioles spokesperson Charles Steinberg: "What strike? Enthusiasm is rampant" (USA TODAY, 1/23).