The Washington Post recently published an appreciation of the life of Mark W. Tracz, the Fulton native who owned a minor league baseball team and worked hard to try to bring Major League Baseball back to the Washington, D.C. area.
Tracz died July 3 of tonsil cancer, the paper reported.
Tracz moved from Fulton with his family at age 11.
In 1990, Mr. Tracz was one of the principals of Capital Region Baseball, an investment group that sought to win a National League expansion franchise for Washington, with the eventual hope of building a permanent stadium in Northern Virginia….
…”I introduced myself as the owner of the Prince William Cannons — one baseball operator talking to other, bigger baseball operators,” he told The Washington Post at the time. “We said: ‘We think we’re sitting on a gold mine. . . . We don’t think there’s any place left in the country that’s remotely comparable to the demographics of Northern Virginia. . . . Our potential as a new baseball territory is incredible. If you think we’re crazy, tell us.’ “
Late in 1990, Mr. Tracz’s ownership bid fell apart when some investors backed out during an economic downturn. He soon sold his interest in the minor league teams.
Tracz worked in real estate and finance and was a volunteer at his church.