Reading time, two minutes: The Hagerstown contingent, Chris Fox (2:19:14) and Brian Ferrari (2:21:20), did well grabbing fifth and seventh behind Herb Steffney (2:16:21) at the Pittsburgh Marathon yesterday.
Also on the perambulating front, the field for the Nike women's 8-K in Washington next Sunday would do credit to the Olympics. In addition to defending champ and American recordholder for the distance Lynn Jennings, there's the top female road racer last year, Judi St. Hilaire, and Wanda Panfil, the Polish woman who has won the Boston, New York, London and Japan marathons in the last 13 months and cruised to victory in the 10,000 meters at last summer's Goodwill Games.
Prize money for the event is $25,000 and there's an added $25,000 available to anyone who can break 25 minutes over the 4.9-mile course.
* No doubt Mets fans at Shea Stadium will be at their vituperative best tomorrow when ex-hand Darryl Strawberry comes to town with the Dodgers. Straw, ever the one to fuel a fire, equaled a record by striking out five times in a nine-inning game last week and the New York papers played it like an armistice signing. Sharpen your daggers, gang!
* As though Razor Ruddock doesn't have enough problems putting up with Mike Tyson calling him a "transvestite" as they hype their return match June 28, Ruddock is being sued all over the place for management contracts he signed at one time or another. If the courts rule that all claims are valid, Ruddock could owe others close to 95 percent of the $3 million he reportedly made for his last go with Tyson.
* Here's a little item out of the March 12, 1914, edition of the Baltimore Star, authored by Rodger Pippen. Dateline, Fayetteville, N.C., spring training site of the minor-league Baltimore Orioles: "One recruit has already cinched his job. George Ruth is sure to be on the payroll for the Orioles for the first month and no doubt all season. Jack Dunn sees great possibilities in him. He does not know a thing about the art of pitching, but has all the qualities. He is a man of iron and can throw farther and knock longer fly balls than any man on the club. In a little wrestling frolic in the hotel last night, he easily pinned two of his teammates to the floor."
* Someone at the Thoroughbred Racing Newsletter figured out that over the 13-year history of the just-concluded TV show "Dallas," a like number of horses were named after the characters, places and situations depicted on the soap opera. Which proves once again that life mirrors art.
* After winning the Monte Carlo Open final against Boris Becker in four sets, Sergi Bruguera of Spain seriously wanted to go out and play Becker a fifth set, he was so thrilled with the win. Bruguera, 17-1 during April, jumped all the way to No. 8 in the world and he could go higher with the clay court season just under way.
* Preakness Day May 18 will mark the 60th anniversary of the day Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro, at age 15, climbed aboard his first mount in Ohio. Old "Banana Nose" finished sixth and, for the year 1931, didn't post a victory in 36 attempts.
* Shades of Wally Pipp. The big star of the Edmonton Oilers' Stanley Cup victory last year was goalie Bill Ranford, who hasn't drawn as much as one minute during this year's playoffs because of the return and sparkling play of Grant Fuhr.
Speaking of goalies, the miracle worker who has led the Minnesota North Stars to so many series and game upsets to date, Jon Casey, was available for a phone call (collect) a while back. He was held in such low regard, he couldn't even get work in Minny's farm system.
* Someone once said that the biggest problem with amateur sports is they are run by amateurs, and The Athletics Congress lends credence to the claim every other day or so. The TAC just suspended a woman runner for two years for failing to appear for a random drug test. Thing is, she was away from her home and unaware of the notice that she had to respond within 48 hours.
* If you've got rare and/or unusual photographs or movies of major league, Negro League or semi-pro baseball, circa 1850-1950, you might be interested in submitting them to Ken ("The Civil War") Burns for his public television project of producing a film history of the game. The man to contact is Bruce Alfred, Florentine Films, c/o Cinergy, 321 W. 44th St., #602, New York, N.Y., 10036. (202) 757-5434.
* It's still months until they announce the dozen sites for the 1994 World Cup tournament in the United States, but all but 99 percent certain to be on the list are Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Tampa and Washington. Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, Kansas City and Denver loom as pretty good bets among the remaining 19 candidates.