Marge Schott once again is praising the start of Adolf Hitler's term as German chancellor.
"Everything you read, when he came in he was good," the Reds owner said in an interview aired by ESPN last night. "They built tremendous highways and got all the factories going. He went nuts, he went berserk. I think his own generals tried to kill him, didn't they? Everybody knows he was good at the beginning but he just went too far." The 45-minute interview by Sal Paolantonio was taped in Schott's office in Cincinnati Friday.
"He asked me some questions during the interview that I really didn't care for," Schott said when reached at her home last night by the Associated Press.
Schott said the subject of Hitler came up because "he asked about the swastika in the house." In November 1992, Schott admitted keeping a swastika arm band at home. She said she was given it by a man who worked for her.
On Feb. 2, 1993, baseball's executive council suspended Schott for one year and fined her $25,000 for bringing "disrepute and embarrassment" to baseball with her repeated use of racial and ethnic slurs.
"There's just no appropriate comment," acting commissioner Bud Selig said last night.
In a New York Times interview published Nov. 29, 1992, Schott said her family members in Germany suffered during World War II and she was quoted as saying: "Hitler was good in the beginning, but he went too far."