I was disappointed at Mr. Povich's obviously childish and rather vindictive attempt at defending the indefensible -- Washington as a good baseball town. D.C. has lost two major league baseball teams in the last 20 years, a feat unsurpassed by any town in American professional sports annals. Granted, Baltimore has also had its bad moments in the attendance area but the team still has averaged over a million people a year in its 25-year American League existence and Mr. Povich should note that in 1967, when the O's and the Senators tied for sixth place (imagine the Orioles' disgrace), the Birds outdrew the Senators by a considerable margin. Characterizing Baltimore as the "gravesite" of major league baseball teams is a highly questionable move, for we live in the 20th century, Mr. Povich, and it has been a long, long time since the city has lost a major league baseball team. In fact, the International League Orioles set all kinds of minor league attendance records during their existence in the first 50 years of this century.
Washington is substantially a city of transients, and there is no doubt that such a city will support a winner; but it is doubtful that it will support an also-ran, as it has proved in the past, being as rootless as it is. Baltimore, on the other hand, with its neighborhoods and family-oriented life style, proved it would watch mediocre teams in the franchise's earlier years. The city is now experiencing a social renaissance. For the first time in a while its citizens want to stay in or come into the city proper. Last year's 1.7 million atendance figure, though buoyed by the O's phenomenal year, was no fluke and talk of moving the franchise to Washington is simply larcenous.