Schaefer confirms impasse with Jacobs on ballpark name Owner reportedly favors Oriole Park

August 30, 1991|By Mark Hyman

The downtown ballpark at Camden Yards still doesn't have a name. And for the first time, Gov. William Donald Schaefer has explained why.

Speaking on his WBAL radio show yesterday, the governor confirmed published reports that he and Baltimore Orioles owner Eli S. Jacobs can't agree which name to choose.

"We're at an impasse," Schaefer said. "Mr. Jacobs feels strongly about a name. I feel strongly about a name. Mr. Jacobs is adamant about his choice. I think the name I want is more in keeping with the area."

The comments seemed to confirm reports that Schaefer wants to call the ballpark Camden Yards while Jacobs prefers Oriole Park.

Schaefer said it was "silly" that the ballpark still was unnamed and, that despite their differences, "Jacobs is a good guy."

Jacobs has declined to speak on any aspects of the ballpark name. His spokesman said the Orioles' principal owner was traveling yesterday and unavailable for comment.

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