The Baseball Writers' Association of America has sent ballots to its members for a vote on whether the organization should withdraw from voting for the Hall of Fame.
Jack Lang, executive secretary of the organization, mailed the ballots last week. The vote was called for in October on a motion by Murray Chass of The New York Times and Frank Dolson of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
* BREWERS: Vice president Dan Quayle put on a Milwaukee jacket and threw out the first pitch in the opener against the defending World Series champion Twins.
Quayle, in town campaigning for today's primary election, received a mixed greeting of boos and applause when introduced to the sellout crowd at County Stadium.
Quayle's pitch to Brewers catcher B.J. Surhoff was high and off the plate.
* Two vintage baseball jackets belonging to Tigers Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser were stolen from a storage room at a team museum in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Newhouser, 71, called the theft "devastating" and said he had planned to donate the jackets valued at $60,000 to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. The jackets commemorated Newhouser's 1945 World Series and 1940 pennant victories.