Ed-die still putting up numbers Orioles would love

John Steadman

September 10, 1990|By John Steadman

NOTEworthy Day:

* Doesn't Eddie Murray's 22 homers, 83 RBIs and .315 average (fourth highest in the National League) make it regrettable he couldn't still be ripping all those line drives for the Orioles rather // than the Los Angeles Dodgers, who got him in a "steal of a deal."

* Hopefully, Maryland's new athletic director, Andy Geiger, will be more effective than the last Stanford import, Clark Shaughnessy, who coached football in 1943 and 1947 yet offered little improvement (10-8 record) while teaching 1,001 ways to circle right end . . . Pat Santarone is more than a groundskeeper; he's a winner, which didn't surprise anyone who knows him when he responded with CPR to help save the life of a stricken Orioles employee.

* Isn't the Baltimore media embarrassed it gave so little attention to the Mayo (Md.) American Legion Post's baseball team winning the national championship, which is far more significant than the Johnny's club's annual romp at Johnstown, Pa. . . . Rain dampened Jim Palmer's Hall of Fame entry at Cooperstown from being enjoyed by the fans, but the Baltimore corporate community was conspicuous by its absence -- considering the induction gala for Brooks Robinson in 1983.

* Here's a loud cheer for Don Buford Jr., who left the Orioles organization and a .190 average to do something useful with his life, attending medical school . . . One of the Baltimore Colts' most respected linemen, dating to All-America Conference days, was Barry French, who died in Vero Beach at age 68 while vacationing from his home in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

* Why alter the TV announcing team of Brooks Robinson-Jim Palmer to move in Jon Miller, who is far more valuable as the Orioles' prime radio voice? . . . Stan "The Fan" Charles continues a WCAO post-game baseball show despite the fact he's confined to his house in a body-cast . . . Two things we'd like to see, an old St. Louis Browns uniform owned by Billy Hunter and Joe Louis' Army uniform he left here with friend Willie Adams after military discharge.

* As a former big-league pitcher, Lou Grasmick was alarmed when he counted Gregg Olson throwing eight straight curveballs before he went on a pain-enforced rest . . . What promises to be a worthwhile fund-raiser, and fun, too, is the Children's Cancer Foundation golf fest Thursday, 6 p.m., at the Severna Park Golf Center, which features a free clinic by George Jakovics and long-driving exhibition by area standouts.

*John McHale, former Detroit Tigers first baseman and retired general manager of the Braves and Expos, who found the Fountain of Youth that Ponce de Leon missed, is elated to hear Jerry Sachs has covered himself with such distinction as director of the Capital Centre.

* Members of the Cove Creek golf club on the Eastern Shore were enthused over the teaching visit by Eileen "Beans" Kelly, coach of the University of Georgia women's golf team and now a graduate of the same university . . . How can the Orioles' minor-league department justify the suspension of four players BTC for a mere prank, pulling off an infield cover, and then not assess discipline when Rochester's Juan Bell and Donell Nixon got into a dugout fight that spilled onto the field?

* Bill "Digger" Krebs, a Chesapeake Bay pilot, still is distressed over the death of his boyhood hero, Jim Brideweser, once an Orioles infielder . . . Louisville's Browning Nagle has an automatic rifle (a Browning) for an arm. He can kneel at the 45-yard line and pass the ball through the uprights.

* It was Sam Lacy, sports editor of the Afro-American, who 10 years ago coined the word "quarterblack" and now Doug Williams, the ex-Redskin, calls his book by the same title . . . Baltimore's chapter of the National Veteran Boxers' Association, headed by Ray Klingmeyer, spotlights Archie Moore, one of the sport's great personalities at its Oct. 14 banquet at Martin's West . . . Arm and back ailments for some Orioles pitchers (namely Bob Milacki and Dave Johnson) make you wonder if working with weights and on machines could have triggered the problems.

* It was the final request of Tom Gorman, a Forest Park High graduate, who played sports at four different colleges, that his ashes be distributed on the golf course at one of his alma maters, Western Maryland College . . . You're getting to be a "young old-timer" if you remember the Baltimore Bluebirds of the Dixie Football League playing at Oriole Park.

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