Harwell would be fitting voice for new park

John Steadman

July 01, 1991|By John Steadman

NOTEworthy Day: It would please thousands of listeners here and elsewhere if the Baltimore Orioles/WBAL added Ernie Harwell, a Hall of Fame broadcaster, for next year when the team opens its new park. One of baseball's most respected historians and announcers, he was the "voice" of the club in its first modern major-league season, 1954, and, like good wine, is better than ever.

Friends of Bill Nicholson, onetime "Big Swish" of the Chicago Cubs, distressed to learn of the death of his son, age 51, the former town manager of St. Michaels, Md. . . . Difficult to believe that election to the Orioles' Hall of Fame could have meant more to an individual than it did for Hal "Skinny" Brown, the 22nd player chosen, who was doubly-elated when old friends and teammates Billy O'Dell, Dick Hall, Jerry Walker and Lou Sleater showed up to salute him . . . Ex-Colt George Buksar, with an extensive career in business, is among applicants for the executive director's position of the NFL Alumni Association and he'd make a good one . . . Walt Gutowski of the Maryland Stadium Authority gave a 90-minute speech to the Council of Colt Corrals that was a spell-binder . . . We agree with Sam Lacy, sports editor of the Afro-American, the greatest heavyweight boxers of the last 50 years, in order, are Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali . . . The National Hockey League should rule off Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington if allegations made by his players that he put $100,000 on a locker room table and told the team if it beat the Los Angeles Kings in a playoff game the bounty belonged to them.

Before we get too far away from the Orioles' successful "Turn Back The Clock Day" let's point out that only two players on the present roster, Cal Ripken Jr. and Gregg Olson, could have made the 1966 championship club . . . Not that we have anything against beer but baseball locker rooms still offer it free to players, despite all the warnings about drinking and driving . . . If Boogie Weinglass can prove his gambling tendencies only occurred in his teen-age years then baseball shouldn't have any worry giving him preliminary clearance for bidding for the Orioles, which would mean an illiteration of "Bs" -- Baltimore, Baseball, Boogie and the Babe.

Not all athletes are ingrates, as witness the Buffalo Bills' Thurman Thomas, a tremendous running back, who gave his alma mater, Oklahoma State, a check for $125,000 and took out a personal insurance policy for $750,000 and named the university as beneficiary . . . The Tigers' Sparky Anderson says the designated hitter rule should be eliminated because it destroys the fan's fun of second-guessing the manager -- but, more importantly, it's an embarrassment to the traditions of a great game.

The New York Times' Claire Smith provided readers with an impressive look at Cal Ripken Jr., but it wasn't any better than what Jimmy Henneman produced for The Evening Sun two weeks ago . . . Golf lesson from Beth Daniel: "For a smooth swing concentrate on being slow for the first foot of the take-away" . . . At a mere 309 feet, the leftfield fence in Memorial Stadium is the shortest in the majors . . . Jerry Krause, talented general manager of the championship Chicago Bulls, was once a scout for the Baltimore Bullets and was scorned by some members of the press who couldn't stand his bragging ways.

When measuring the longevity of records, such as John Unitas' 48 games throwing scoring passes and Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, don't overlook Lenny Moore scoring a touchdown in 18 straight NFL games . . . Gregg Olson trashed his uniform after the "Turn Back The Clock Day" but it would have been more dramatic if he would have emulated "Hawk" Taylor, who torched his old Kansas City togs after a bad day but, fortunately, remembered to take it off before setting it afire.

Another reminder that they're breaking up that old gang of mine comes with the death of Jack Wintz, former catcher at Loyola College and Mount St. Mary's . . . Ocean City, which proclaims itself the "Myrtle Beach of the North," has nine golf courses but Myrtle Beach, S.C., at last count, has 77 . . . Those two Mickey Tettleton home runs that reached the top deck in Detroit may have gone completely out of Memorial Stadium.

Our ballot for districts screening for College Football of Fame, directed by Lou Hammond, carries the names of Dick Duden, Bob Jenkins, Ralph Guglielmi, Tucker Frederickson and Stan Jones . . . When a movie researcher asked if Babe Ruth ever hit a line drive that went between the pitcher's leg and then accelerated over the fence we lost all interest in what promises to be another phony movie story of America's greatest athlete . . . You're getting to be a "young old-timer" if you remember Elon "Chief" Hogsett, a true member of a minority in that he was a lefthanded American Indian submarine pitcher.

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