Celebrate Mother's Day with a few Q's without A's

SIDELINES

May 10, 1992|By Pat O'Malley

All right, sports fans, I've got a Sunday smorgasbrowse for you as we hope this weather improves.

What I've got for you today is a lot of notes and quotes and even a few big "Q's without A's."

If you have a response or any "Q's" I missed, just give me a buzz on the 24-hour Sportsline, 647-2499.

Now please make a note of that phone number and stop calling 761-1735. That was our old number, which now belongs to David Baldwin of Baldwin Trophies in Annapolis. It's the phone number at his new Glen Burnie residence.

"We constantly get calls for you, sometimes in the middle of the night at 2 a.m.," said a surprisingly unperturbed Baldwin with a laugh.

"We got the number a couple months ago, and people call up and say things like 'I've got a score for Pat O'Malley' and when I tell them that's not the Arundel Sun number anymore, they usually don't believe me."

Baldwin says it's only once in awhile that readers get nasty or call up to give me some heat and so far he doesn't mind.

"But would you mention it in one of your columns to let people know I won't be taking any scores or Player of the Week nominations?" asked the South River High grad, who runs the trophy shop in Annapolis with his mom, Barbara.

* Response to Friday's column and mention of the Friends of Joe Cannon High School All Star Baseball Game for seniors at 7 p.m. May 30 and the committee that will select the players:

"I'm only on the committee to see that we set up a good criteria for the player selections, and believe me I won't have any say as to who is chosen," said Del. Michael Busch.

"No politics in this at all except that we want every school to be represented."

In "Sidelines," I asked why Busch and Joe Cannon of the county Rec and Parks advisory board were on the committee to select the senior all-stars. It was a little fun-loving dig because neither of those guys get to see much local high school baseball, if any.

"Don't worry, the player selections will be left up to the baseball experts and board members like [Northeast coach] Harry [Lentz] and [Arundel coach] Bernie [Walter] and not us," Busch explained. "We just will see that it runs smoothly."

Busch, who is the Rec and Parks liaison to the Friends of Joe Cannon Stadium, is excited about the North-South game that will showcase 30 county senior baseball players and be followed by a June 2 Baseball Scholar-Athlete Dinner.

"County high school baseball deserves to be in the spotlight and this is our purpose," said Busch. "The committee will decide on scholarship money and so forth."

Have you baseball fans heard that popular former Baltimore Orioles' first baseman Boog Powell may be the guest speaker at the scholar-athlete dinner?

"We're waiting to hear from Boog on whether he can be here for that night," said Busch.

By the way, did you know that Friends of Cannon Stadium members now have their own membership cards with President Dave Conrad's photo on them?

* How many of you baseball fans caught former Arundel High All-County lefty and Player of the Year (1986) Denny Neagle pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Atlanta Braves Thursday night on Turner Broadcasting?

Neagle (1-1), who was traded at the start of this season from the Minnesota Twins to the Bucs, worked 6 1/3 innings, scattering nine hits and giving up four runs in a 4-2 loss to Tom Glavine (5-1) and the Braves.

* Did you know former Arundel High star ('90 grad) David Turner, a first baseman-outfielder, now a sophomore at Davis and Elkins (W.Va.) is among the nation's leading hitters in Division II college baseball with his .486 batting average?

"David was a member of our Mayo Post national championship team [1990], and I think will one day become a great coach," said Arundel coach Walter.

* With Maryland Scholastic Association teams merging with the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, do you think there is a chance that ties for playoff berths could be settled on the field rather than a coin toss when all steps in the tiebreaker procedure are exhausted?

The MSA settles its ties on the field, which is the right and fair way, while the MPSSAA does it out of a book with an occasional coin flip settling matters. A coin flip is unfair when teams have worked so hard all season to have it come down to heads or tails.

* Do you Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame members know a general meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at Michael's Eighth Avenue?

* Have you heard that former Annapolis basketball stars Fred Butler and Jeff Brown are headed for Northern Montana College and Bluefield State (W.Va.), respectively, with two years of eligibility each?

* Have you young hoopsters heard that the Washington Bullets will conduct a clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 1 at Broadneck High as part of the Bruins' sports camps?

Under the direction of Broadneck boys basketball coach Ken Kazmarek, the camp will feature a Bullets coach and player on fundamentals and the "stay in school" theme endorsed by the NBA.

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