D.C. group touts ticket drive


May 03, 1991

Organizers of a drive to bring major-league baseball back to Washington said yesterday that they have received deposits for the equivalent of more than 20,000 full-season tickets.

Deposits totaling more than $2.2 million were processed during the first 20 days of a monthlong season-ticket drive, said John Akridge, head of Metropolitan Washington Baseball.

As of Monday, 28,178 deposits had been received, just short of the group's goal of 30,000. Of the total, 16,568 were for full-season tickets and 11,610 were plans for one-third of a season.

Akridge said 52 percent of the deposits came from Northern Virginia, 25 percent from the District of Columbia and 23 percent from Maryland.

* STEINBRENNER: A Houston attorney who is one of Howard Spira's alleged extortion targets testified that he knew the admitted gambler was trying to get money from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

The attorney, Earle Lilly, said Spira told him he wanted to destroy Steinbrenner when it appeared the owner would not meet his demands.

Lilly said he told Spira to "keep your beef with George Steinbrenner legal. Don't do what you're doing."

Lilly was the final witness at the trial, which started April 8. The defense rested immediately after the prosecution completed its case.

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