Robinson's percentage is among worst

John Steadman

May 20, 1991|By John Steadman

NOTEworthy Day:

* There's no pressure to dispose of Frank Robinson as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, but, the record shows, his winning percentage is only better than Cal Ripken Sr. and Jimmy Dykes in all the history of the franchise. Earl Weaver and Hank Bauer lead the parade.

* Babe Ruth's name for the new downtown baseball park got the vote of The Sporting News (the "Bible of Baseball"), Larry King in USA Today and the WMAR-TV survey (Are you listening governor?) . . . The Country Club of Maryland, in an effort to attract new members, has lowered initiation fees to $6,500 between now and July 1. . . Historical fact: President Bush and pro football Hall of Famer Art Donovan both served during World War II on the U.S.S. San Jacinto . . . Referring to Harold Baines as an Eastern Shoreman is too vague; he's from St. Michaels . . . Those offering criticism of Willie Adams being awarded a contract to print lottery tickets need to be reminded he has probably done more for poor blacks and whites, plus his kindness to Joe Louis, than any six millionaires you can name.

* Pro football lost one of its genuine gentlemen with the death of New England Patriots scout Bill McPeak, who was given inhumane treatment by the Miami Dolphins some years ago when they cut him from the payroll after he suffered a stroke . . . PGA president Dick Smith, who is 6 feet 5 and knows whereof he speaks, says the reason tall men and women have difficulty excelling in golf is because they are naturally positioned too far from the ball . . . Football historians hereabout are elated Towson State didn't go the way of Loyola College, University of Baltimore, Washington College, St. John's, Mount St. Mary's and Blue Ridge in giving up the game . . . Kirk Maggio, who played at Calvert Hall and UCLA, where he was the nation's second leading punter two years ago, is distinguishing himself in the World League of American Football and don't be surprised if the Washington Redskins sign him for 1991.

* Making a case for Ben McDonald being too young to become top winner lacks evidence to support such a claim when you consider that Milt Pappas, Steve Barber, Wally Bunker, Jerry Walker and Jim Palmer, among others, were productive winners for the Orioles at a younger age . . . Amazing how many Preakness-goers leave the track and head home before the main event to watch the telecast because it affords an easy way to partake of festivities and yet avoid the post-race congestion . . . Credit Dr. Michael Ventura, coach of the Loyola College golf team, with lifting the program to lofty heights.

* Saints 'n' Sinners gave the roast treatment to ex-Colt Billy Ray Smith with Bruce Crockett performing as emcee in stellar fashion and roasters Fred Bryant, Fred Miller and Bill Burton putting the fork in the honored guest.

* "Bird Dog" Wheeler, the Easton (Md.) troubadour, turned to country music after two years as a minor-league umpire . . . Former City and Loyola College infielder Gil Dunn has designed six different types of golf hats and the demand is such he may enter mass production . . . Ingratitude with a capital "I" -- the NBA's failure to include referee Charlie Eckman in its retirement fund after he punished his legs in behalf of the league while pounding courts from Denver to Boston and points in between.

* What are the odds on two pitchers going to the same elementary school, Blessed Sacrament, and the same high school, City, and then on to the major leagues, as happened to Tommy Byrne and Gordon Mueller . . . It's Brooks Robinson's plan to live part of the year in California, the rest of the time here.

* Kiplinger News Notes backed off Denver as an expansion location and now forecasts St. Petersburg and Miami as the baseball selection sites . . . Early response to the new publication on the history of Memorial Stadium, edited by Bob Brown and the excellent production by French/Bray, seems as if it is headed for "best seller" status -- in Maryland anyhow.

* Upton Bell, a name out of Baltimore's pro football past, is doing a Sunday night sports show on Boston's WBZ . . . You're getting to be a "young old-timer" if you remember when baseball players stored their bats during the winter in a manure pit and then "boned" them every day during the season.

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