Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass is trying to buy the Orioles, and director Barry Levinson wants in.
"I have real interest in this obviously," Levinson said yesterday from Los Angeles. "If the feasibility of it is worked out, I would certainly want to do that [be part-owner]."
Weinglass grew up in Baltimore with Levinson and was the model for a character in Levinson's 1982 movie "Diner." Weinglass, the founder and vice chairman of Merry-Go-Round Enterprises Inc. of Joppa, is in the preliminary stages of trying to buy the Orioles from Eli Jacobs, who is considering selling the team he purchased in 1989.
Weinglass said he has contacted Jacobs' investment banker, J.P. Morgan Inc. of New York, and is waiting to get some financial reports on the team. Some estimates have put the value of the team as high as $120 million.
"This is all in the very early stages," Levinson said. "I don't want to say too much at this point except there is some interest.
"It's something you kind of dream about. It's come up in conversation over the years. It would be great."