Before there was Donald Sterling, the sports world had Marge Schott to contend with. Owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball franchise from 1984 to 1999, Schott set a standard for lunacy unmatched by owners of her era or any other.
Sure, she lets her St. Bernard dogs have the run of the baseball field, doing their business wherever they pleased. Her miserliness was also legendary, charging one manager for three bats he donated to charity, requiring another to pay his way to the World Series he orchestrated, and insisting upon signing any check on behalf of the organization for any amount over $50.
But what set Schott apart was a series of racially insensitive remarks brought to light in the wake of a wrongful termination suit in 1992, as recounted by Sports Illustrated. Schott had shown racial bias toward front office hirings and once called former Reds outfielders Eric Davis and Dave Parker her "million-dollar n-----s]". Later, during an interview with a reporter in which she was asked to explain the possession of a swastika armband in her home, Schott was quoted as saying: "Hitler was good in the beginning, but he went too far."
Despite being suspended for the 1993 season and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine, Schott apparently couldn't keep quiet, continuing her pattern of racial invective and praise for Hitler. Eventually, the league pushed Schott to sell her controlling stake in the Reds in 1999.
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