Offering Cal Ripken Jr. a contract for $6 million is not exactly an insult. This is twice what any other Baltimore Oriole player is making. It's being mentioned that Cal and his wife, Kelly, who may be interested in a modeling/movie career, might like to know more about the deal that attracted Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles from Edmonton. The beat goes on.
* Losing a leg is most unfortunate for Rex Barney but one of the greatest sports announcers in history, Bill Stern, never let it be a handicap. . . . The Orioles are considering asking Ernie Accorsi, who would be one of several general manager candidates if this city gets a football expansion franchise, to visit its minor-league teams and report on farm system players. . . . Al Flora came back from open heart surgery praising his doctors at Sinai Hospital and proving he's carrying out his own philosophy -- keep punching.
* Hagerstown supposedly has all the money in place for a franchise in a Class A league next season and hopefully the team will go back to being called the Owls. . . . It's Charley Eckman's prediction that, if off-track betting parlors in Maryland don't find a way to accommodate action on football and other sports, they are destined to fail. . . . Ed Atwater Jr., highly-acclaimed chef at Caves Valley Golf Club, is the son of the late Sun sports writer. . . . Forty members of Colt Corrals plan to attend John Mackey's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio, in August.
* Putting an all-sports museum in the city, as advocated by the imaginative Lynda O'Dea, won't help the Babe Ruth Museum, which, for several reasons, hasn't gotten the attention it deserves. . . . Kirk Maggio, a Calvert Hall product who was second in the nation as a college punter at UCLA two years ago, has completed another World Football League season and may sign with either the Kansas City Chiefs or Miami Dolphins. . . . John "Boog" Powell is in demand -- as witness his TV show with Tom Davis on WJZ and a radio program with Stan "The Fan" Charles on WCBM.
* Although only a junior, some of the country's leading colleges, where baseball is a major sport, are in line to interview Brian Matz, talented Calvert Hall pitcher and grandson of Joe Wyatt, prominent Baltimore business executive. . . . Loyola College athletic director Joe Boylan passes the pleasing information that the John Bass/Frank Cuccia Scholarship Golf Tournament raised slightly over $20,000, which is remarkable in this difficult economy, where benefit golf events are struggling.
* One of the grandest actions witnessed at a testimonal banquet came when Irv Biasi, the guest of honor, gave Patterson High, the school he once coached, a $1,000 check with a similar amount promised annually, to fund a college scholarship for a deserving student. . . . A Baltimore oriole sighting: fifth hole, Longview Golf Course by Kent Baker, Morning Sun sports writer, who, no doubt, found it an exciting experience.
* Is Cleveland's Al Lerner reconsidering and ready to jump in the swim to get a NFL team in Baltimore, which would offer another player to groups already led by Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, Tom Clancy and Malcolm Glazer?. . . Harbor Links in Queenstown is one of the best public golf facilities built in the state over the last decade. . . . Friend John Henneman reports from Indianapolis that Randy Duncan, after impressive reviews, is leaving a sports announcing job at that city's WTHR-TV and receptive to returning here. . . . Burton Bank wants Baltimore to put the city's exhibition football game on the giant viewing screen at the ballpark but it would be more important to add seats at sold-out Memorial Stadium so as to establish a record crowd for a pro game in this city.
* City College's Hyman "Lefty" Stern Scholarship for athletic achievement went to Hari Thaylon Lymon, who was such a vital part of the school's undefeated football team. . . . It took Judge John Prevas no more than a minute to rule the hearing involving injured exercise rider Brenda Bower will be moved for trial from the city to Baltimore County. . . . Bob Tomlinson remembers when Doug Flutie, the most valuable player in the Canadian Football League, was his young next door neighbor when the family lived in the Gwynn Oak area.
* The Orioles couldn't have picked a more deserving individual than Bob Maton for one of its "fan of the game" honors since his devotion to the team has sustained itself over 60 years -- all the way back to when he was a lad of 12 and walked from Locust Point to Oriole Park on 29th street. . . . Charlotte's pep rally, put on by the Chamber of Commerce, to show the NFL its enthusiasm drew about 10,000 in the rain. . . . Such former teammates as John "Boog" Powell, Willie Miranda, Lou Sleater, Ron Hansen and maybe Phil Rizzuto will be present for Advocate Club's Oriole Hall of Fame luncheon honoring Gene Woodling on June 19. . . . You're getting to be a "young old-timer" if you remember when Lee Davis was the radio voice of the Orioles, BBD, before Bill Dyer.