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Beer, baseball and Baltimore

Beer, baseball and Baltimore

This is a tale about Baltimore beer barons, the owner of the Washington Senators, a silver bullet, and how the Orioles got to Baltimore. Now, with the O's generating a buzz as they fight for first place in the American League East and prepare to meet the Washington Nationals for a weekend series in D.C., it seems like a good time to spin it.

I heard it some years ago when Dawson Farber Jr., a former executive at National Brewing Company who died in 2007, told me this version of the story.

Jerry Hoffberger, owner of the National Brewing Company, was one of a group of Baltimore businessmen who wanted to bring the St. Louis Browns to town in 1954. At the time, Mr. Hoffberger,...

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