The Greek owner of the Baltimore Orioles
Peter Angelos was born on July 4th, 1929, in Pittsburgh and he’s a trial lawyer and the owner of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.
His parents’ origins are on the island of Karpathos. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law and founded his private practice in 1961. In 1980, he refashioned his firm from criminal law to civil class action suits and was enormously successful in representing the state of Maryland in a suit against Philip Morris. Currently, his law firm has offices in 10 states.
He is the first Greek American to be elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1959. In 1964, he ran for Mayor of Baltimore and has been an active player in his state’s politics.
As a passionate horse lover, Angelos breeds and races Thoroughbred horses in a farm in Baltimore County.
In 1993, Angelos led a group of investors that purchased Baltimore Orioles and he has devoted much of his time to the game of baseball since then. In May 2009, Sports Illustrated magazine rated Angelos as the worst owner in the Major Leagues.
He has received several awards and distinctions, like Marylander of the Year and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
He’s also well known for his acts of charity and he’s the largest individual donor to the University of Baltimore of over $10 million.