Donald Trump Aspired to be the Art Modell of Baseball
Donald Trump wants America to believe he’s the best deal maker on the planet.
But it was the deal Trump couldn’t seal that probably saved Cleveland its baseball team.
In a Feb. 15, 1983 letter to Indians President Gabe Paul, Trump’s lawyer offered to buy the team for $13 million.
Had the deal gone through, many believed at the time — and still do — that the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination would have wasted little or no time moving the team to another city, most likely Tampa.
- Brent Larkin, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 8, 2015
Can You Imagine
No World Series
The ProgressOhio team never liked Donald Trump. He’s a con man, a bully and a bigot.
But when we learned he wanted to buy and move the Indians, we wanted to make sure all of Ohio knew it, too.
So we flew a banner over Progressive Field during Game 2 that said TRUMP TRIED TO BUY & MOVE THE INDIANS!
We’re a non-profit with limited resources but our supporters chipped in and helped us pay for the plane. The response it generated was great.
So we’re going back up in the air with a new banner:
TRUMP TRIED TO TAKE TRIBE!
To quote Terry Pluto:
But we have it here … in Cleveland … tonight.
Who would have dreamed that when the season started?