I don't think anyone would ever debate you that Ty Cobb was a terrible baseball player because he was dirty or a horrible racist.
However, noone will ever bring him up in a discussion that is taking place about getting more people into baseball. This discussion has been based on why there are no female baseball players, why there are few women in the front office and who can we look for in the future. We want fewer Ty Cobb's and Marge Schott's in baseball.
Under no circumstances should Marge Schott be held up as an example in this discussion.
To put it another way. 50 years ago this discussion would have been very relevant if you replace women with blacks. Now imagine that Jackie Robinson was the black male version of Marge Schott and Ty Cobb. Would you want to mention him in a discussion about getting more minorities in baseball?
Sure Marge Schott did some good things. I am sure I could find a hundred 19th century slave owners who did nice things to groups they gave a crap about. Should anyone EVER bring them up in a discussion about what we should look for in employers?
Edit: Furthermore, her positive actions as an owner are drug down by her "personality". I am sure minorities just LOVED going to work every day knowing that someone who hated them was their boss.
Again, did some nice things, sure. Should be held up as a role model. No.
While Schott said some disturbing things, she didn't DO anything disturbing, and she never called any minority a name at work, on the street, etc.
She continued to hire minorities throughout her tenure. There isn't a single minority who has claimed that they were denied employment, fired for a position, or were treated poorly, by Schott. Most of the accusations made against her were made by a disgruntled employee, who was sued for theft.
Schott was an old, bitter bitch. She wasn't a saint. She said some awful things. But if you want an example of a woman who was capable of working in a male infested field, Schott provides such an example. Why? Because she did some quality things as owner of the Reds.