The flags at the Under Armour Performance Center were at half mast Monday in mourning of former Baltimore Colts defensive tackle Art Donovan, who died Sunday at 89 of a respiratory ailment at Stella Maris Hospice.
Harbaugh had planned to get together with the Pro Football Hall of Famer in June, but Donovan cancelled because he wasn’t feeling well. Harbaugh then talked about having Donovan over to the team facility at some point during training camp.
“We were planning on [getting together] within a week or so, so I just can’t believe that happened out of the blue like that,” Harbaugh said. “But, he was a great man, great Baltimore tradition, and he’ll live on in our hearts forever.”
Harbaugh said that about four years ago, before a Ravens game, he went to an alumni dinner with his father, Jack, who hit it off with Donovan immediately.
“My dad was in town, and he had heard that Art Donovan was going to be there and Jim Mutscheller and some of those guys. He just wanted to see if he could meet them,” Harbaugh said. “So, I think [senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne] took my dad down and sat him down at the table there, and he had a bucket of Schlitz on ice there. My dad knows Schlitz real well from his days in Crestline, Ohio. He’s familiar with Schlitz. … They drank Schlitz’s all night.
“Art was telling stories, and my dad probably told a few stories, too. He can tell a story, too. And they really hit it off real well, so it was my hope to spend time with both of those two guys — Art and Jim — here.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun