Calvin Hill leaves post with Orioles front office after six years

February 22, 1994|By Mark Hyman | Mark Hyman,Sun Staff Writer

Former NFL star Calvin Hill, who joined the Orioles six years ago as then-owner Edward Bennett Williams was pledging to bring greater racial diversity to the team's front office, has left the organization, the team announced yesterday.

The Orioles said that Hill, who served as vice president for personnel, would be replaced by Martena Wylie Clinton, who will join the team as director of human resources. Hill and Clinton are African-Americans.

Hill joins a growing list of front-office executives leaving the Orioles since the team was sold to investors led by Baltimore lawyer Peter G. Angelos in October. Others are team president Larry Lucchino, club counsel Lon Babby and vice presidents Tom Daffron and Bob Aylward.

Angelos said that Hill's departure was partly the result of his being unable to serve full-time in his Orioles job.

In addition to working for the Orioles about two days each week, Hill has served as a substance-abuse counselor and lecturer. He also has expressed interest in becoming an investor in a sports franchise.

Hill's son, Grant, is a star basketball player at Duke, and is expected to be an early selection in the next NBA draft.

"Calvin has been of great service to the Orioles, but he has branched into other substantial activities which don't permit him to contribute the time necessary here," Angelos said yesterday. "We need a full-time human resources person. It substantially was his idea to withdraw."

Angelos said he asked Hill to stay with the Orioles and to play a "leadership role" in the expansion of the team's youth baseball programs. Hill turned down the job, the owner said.

"It's a substantial undertaking," said Angelos. "Calvin wanted to do this very much, but he simply does not have the time to devote to such a program."

Hill was not available for comment yesterday. In a statement released by the Orioles, he said he was resigning "to pursue other entrepreneurial opportunities in sports."

During his six years with the Orioles, Hill was active in helping to shape the team's outreach programs into African-American neighborhoods.

He also was a member of the Orioles board of directors under former owners Williams and Eli Jacobs.

He was one of two African-Americans working for the Orioles in senior management positions. The other is assistant general manager Frank Robinson.

Clinton is a graduate of Morgan State and Coppin State. Since 1991, she has been human resources director for Baltimore City Community College.

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