BALTIMORE'S Pam Shriver, who hasn't played a pro tour event since March 4 and underwent shoulder surgery during the summer, looked her best yet (during rehab) smashing overheads yesterday at the Bare Hills Tennis Club. She was hitting with another Baltimorean, Andrea Leand, who played No. 1 Steffi Graf a tough match in Zurich last week.
Shriver will play with Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati and Elise Burgin in a Cystic Fibrosis benefit at the Arena Nov. 27. "I won't know about my shoulder," says Shriver, "until I've played several tournaments."
Will Pam, at 28, ever again be a Top 10 player? Says her longtime coach, Don Candy, who watched yesterday's workout: "It's possible."
* Bruce Hoffman and the Maryland Stadium Authority want to ease those fears that parking will be a nightmare at the Camden Yards ballpark opening in April 1992. Latest figures show that there will be 5,000 non-bumper-to-bumper parking spaces -- 600 more than exist at Memorial Stadium -- plus 20,000 spaces within a comfortable walking distance.
* That was a touching display of sympathy shown by the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh at a pre-game moment of silence for Kathy Kerr, wife of Flyer Tim Kerr, who died Tuesday of complications from childbirth. Some players were moved to tears. Two minutes later they reverted to the usual -- banging each other off the boards and all but killing one another. These guys are different.
* In the same vein, the wife of one of the New England Patriots makes a good point. Referring to the Lisa Olson locker room matter, she says it's not reasonable for us to expect pro football players to act like animals during a game and like perfect gentlemen right afterward.
* Headline in the New York Times -- "Cavaliers' Success Hits New Heights" -- suggests the story is about the No. 1 ranked Virginia football team. It's about the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, whose improvement on the court has been accompanied by a payroll increase in four years from $4.8 million to $15.7 million, by far the highest in the league. Hot Rod Williams is tops with a current salary of $5 million. Danny Ferry is at $3 million.
* Only three major-league general managers who were in their jobs before 1984 are still in place -- the Mets' Frank Cashen, Milwaukee's Harry Dalton and Toronto's Pat Gillick. All began their careers with the Orioles.
When Baltimore native John Schuerholz switched last week from GM at Kansas City to the same job in Atlanta, eyebrows were raised. Some of John's many friends here -- he's a City College and Towson State grad -- feared he was being pushed out at K.C. because of the failures of high-priced free agents Mark Davis and Storm Davis. In truth, Schuerholz was earning $190,000 at K.C. and saw Joe McIlvane (Padres) and Andy MacPhail (Twins) making $300,000-plus. The Braves are believed to be paying Schuerholz $400,000 a year for three years.