Pirates job is Lucchino's if Pittsburgh native wants it

John Steadman

August 19, 1991|By John Steadman

NOTEworthy Day:

If Larry Lucchino, the Baltimore Orioles president, wants the same position with his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates, he only has to say "yes." An offer hasn't officially been made but men in high baseball places insist he's the preferred choice. Lucchino, who has a 9 percent interest in the Orioles, comments, "I want to stay here and get this job done right."

The granddaughters of Steve Brodie, truly an old Oriole, made an impressive biographical presentation to the Veterans' Hall of Fame Committee in his behalf while the manager of the same team Brodie played for, Ned Hanlon, deserves top consideration, too . . . Bill Cass, once a sportswriter, suggests Orioles give Jim Palmer a contract so he can pitch the last inning of the final game at Memorial Stadium . . . More applause for Afro-American sports editor Sam Lacy, who received a lifetime achievement TC award from the National Association of Black Journalists at its Kansas City convention . . . Players claim a closed roof in the Toronto SkyDome enhances breaking pitches . . . Ex-quarterback Joe Theismann says football training camps should be reduced to two weeks and two exhibition games -- not four, as is the norm . . . Jacksonville, not wanting to be embarrassed, gave away 31,000 tickets to exhibition between Rams and Falcons.

Some members of Orioles' front office are unhappy with the play-after-the-play broadcasting of Ken Levine so changes could be in the offing that may find Ernie Harwell or Jim West, maybe both, added to the announcing team . . . Peter Benson, a former Calvert Hall swimming standout, is shooting sub-par rounds at the Miacomet course on Nantucket Island . . . At 79, Clarence "Ace" Parker, of Duke, is the oldest living member of Pro Football Hall of Fame . . . Joe Gordon of the Boston Herald offers two excellent suggestions -- that pro golfers leave the course by marking their ball when lightning flashes rather than playing

out the hole and also that tents be erected as escape shelters for spectators . . . Ex-Colts coach Weeb Ewbank is elated the New York Jets named their training complex in his honor . . . Cal Ripken Jr. is the cover story in October edition of Baseball Digest, appropriately entitled "Pride of the Orioles."

With all the memories of Memorial Stadium, the Orioles will host the Colts, their Hall of Fame players, the team band and the Colt Corrals in ceremonies before the Sept. 15 game with the Cleveland Indians . . . Saratoga Race Course oozes charm with its old wooden grandstand and traditional ways but the track program ominously lists instructions about how to evacuate in case of fire . . . Financial fact: Boston Red Sox, releasing Kevin Romine, Mike Marshall and Marty Barrett, absorbed almost $2 million in salaries . . . Aptly-fitting high school nicknames: Brunswick Railroaders, Crisfield Crabbers and Nantucket Whalers but calling a team the Brockton Boxers is downright trite . . . Eleven NFL quarterbacks formed a special unit within NFL Properties for purposes of cutting their own endorsement deals, which can't make the men in the less-glorified positions too happy . . . Major-league owners and some general managers will assemble for their quarterly meeting in Baltimore in early September and, while visiting, will play the new Caves Valley Golf Club . . . Mickey Tettleton, with 23 homers and .272 average, is putting together a season for the Tigers reminiscent of the one he had with the Orioles in 1989 . . . Paul German heads a reunion committee of City College's Orange Bowl football squad of 1940 and needs only to locate Bill Schmitt, who later played basketball at Washington College.

Former Western Maryland College athlete Maynard Fones, a New York advertising executive, has played golf all over the world but says America has the two finest courses, naming Seminole and Cypress Point . . . The "barber in the bullpen," who cut Don Mattingly's hair, is Carl "Hawk" Taylor, a step-brother of John "Boog" Powell. Taylor works for the New York Yankees as a warmup catcher . . . Orioles have infamous distinction of trading/releasing two pitchers, Don Larsen and Dennis Martinez, who made the record book with perfect games . . . Chito Martinez, in the eyes of Orioles general manager Roland Hemond, may be another Bob "Hurricane" Hazel but generates astonishing power because of a short, quick swing . . . Wade Boggs, who warned Cal Ripken he was coming after him in the AL batting race, has done just that -- jumping from .305 to .339 and credits the increase to swinging a 31-ounce bat, which is about as light as they come . . . You're getting to be a "young old-timer" if you remember when boys-under-12 years of age could get into Oriole Park, instead of looking through a knothole in the leftfield fence, for a nickel, plus the chance to win a bicycle.

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