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Former Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer Dies at 89

Former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer passed away earlier this evening in Baltimore. Schaefer was instrumental in Baltimore finally getting an NFL team and lobbied the NFL for an expansion team in a failed bid when teams were awarded to both Carolina and Jacksonvlle when it was plainly obvious that Baltimore's proposal was superior to both cities. However, then-NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said that Baltimore would be better off spending their money on a new museum instead.

Schaefer fought to keep the Baltimore Colts in town and cried in an interview when Colts owner Bob Irsay snuck the team out of Baltimore in the middle of a snowy nite in 1984. A huge sports fan and proponent of the city and state, Schaelfer was instrumental in the building of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, as well as the Inner Harbor attractions. He was a four-term Mayor (1971-86) prior to being voted Governor of Maryland

He was outspoken and up front in all of his opinions and either well-liked or hated by everyone, with no middle ground. His health had deteriorated in recent times and he will be missed for his accomplishments and commitment to the citizens, the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland. R.I.P. WDS.