U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead Saturday at age 79, a passing significant for his conservative legacy in the country's highest court and the political opportunity it presents President Barack Obama.
Often overlooked in Scalia's obituaries, however, is his baseball fandom. A Trenton, N.J., native who moved to Queens, N.Y., as a young child, Scalia was "fond of reminding me that he was the first Yankees fan on the Court and he is still a very loyal Yankees fan," Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in 2012.
"When the Yankees play at Camden Yards, a famous -- and devoted -- fan of theirs sometimes can be found in a good seat there. But not easily. He will blend in perfectly, wearing an ordinary baseball cap and glasses. He won't look a thing like Antonin Scalia. ...
"To him, it doesn't always matter greatly that his side loses. As he once said to a companion after watching the Orioles beat the Yankees at Camden Yards, 'It was a great game -- but it turned out wrong!' "
Del. Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg, a Baltimore Democrat, told WJZ's Pat Warren he went to an Orioles game every year with Scalia. WBAL's Brett Hollander remembered seeing him at Orioles games in college "enjoying a beer & sausage."
If you find Scalia's partisan leanings in the courtroom and the ballpark disagreeable, well, consider his answer to a question about whether he was a Washington Redskins fan.