Oriole Park euphoria will leave along with All-Stars next year

John Steadman

August 03, 1992|By John Steadman

NOTEworthy Day: All signs point to the Orioles being in the divisional hunt all the way and record crowds taking the final home attendance to more than 3.5 million. When will the euphoria surrounding the new park subside? Chuck McGeehan, correspondent for Sports Ticker, says, "five minutes after next year's All-Star Game is over." He's probably right.

* Another important responsibility has been placed in the capable hands of Gene Corrigan, the Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner, via his appointment as chairman of the honors court that makes selections to the College Football Hall of Fame . . . At last count, 12 corporate entertainment tents, with catering by Leonard Schleider and his Cameo organization, will be erected on the Memorial Stadium parking lot for the exhibition between the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints . . . Incidentally, publisher Ted Venetoulis of the Oriole Gazette will be out with a football version, the Colt Gazette, for the game Aug. 27, edited by Robbie Wallace, former "quarterback" of the Belair Aegis.

* Frank Cashen, free of the woes of being general manager of the New York Mets but remaining as a consultant, is in Barcelona with wife Jean viewing the Olympics . . . And wasn't it disappointing that Michael Jordan, displaying his own professional mentality, or arrogance, decided he didn't want to walk in the opening Olympic parade because he had "already been in one"? . . . Just maybe Cal Ripken Jr., the Orioles' shortstop, is tired and doesn't realize it . . . Marty Glickman, who was on America's 1936 Olympic track team, will be making this season his last as a play-by-play radio announcer for the New York Jets.

* Four of the eight-man selection panel of the John Unitas Golden Arm Award have Baltimore backgrounds, including Unitas, George Young, Ernie Accorsi and a sports writer who prefers to remain anonymous . . . Bob Cottom of the Maryland Historical Society has reason to be proud of the organization's latest publication, devoted to baseball, and offering a lineup of story-tellers that includes Jim Bready, Francis Meyers, Barry Sparks, Bob Leffler, James Miller and William Griffith . . . Seven more home runs and Mickey Tettleton joins Roy Campanella (1950-'51) as the only catchers with consecutive seasons of 30 homers or more.

* It was 54 years ago when Sterling "Sheriff" Fowble was named to the All-American Semi-Pro team, along with future major leaguers Eddie Waitkus and Johnny Pesky . . . WCBM's Stan "The Fan" Charles drilled Cal Ripken Sr. with a verbal knockdown pitch when he said he wouldn't want him running his Little League team . . . Don McCafferty Jr., son of the late Colts and Detroit Lions coach, has plans, along with associates, to open a restaurant at what was once the Cafe Des Artistes in Mount Washington and call it "McCafferty's."

* It's only one listener's reaction but the broadcast team of Jon Miller and Joe Angel is the best two-man radio combination Baltimore has ever had . . . John "Rocky" Thornton, who left Baltimore to operate a restaurant in Chattanooga, asks if it's possible for a 57-year-old man to be homesick? . . . Gordon Kirk reports the golf/motel facilities in Santee, S.C., are as good as Carol Pfeifer advertised.

* If the Orioles want to do themselves a favor (and fans, too) they'll establish a training camp at Orlando before the Chicago Cubs beat them to a site that offers good weather, the chance for a new future facility and overwhelming potential for drawing crowds . . . Clifton Park Golf Course should be crowded Aug. 28 when the retired pro, Joey Vaeth, is saluted with a tournament.

* Orioles' John Oates was voted third best manager in American League (behind Tom Kelly and Tony La Russa) by Baseball America . . . Phil Rosensteel of Catonsville produces a 1952 program of the Baltimore Bullets playing the New York Knicks at the Coliseum on what was Jim Thorpe Night and has the great athlete's autograph to prove it . . . There's no reason to debate Mel Allen, one-time voice of the New York Yankees, who without qualification calls Babe Ruth "the greatest player, greatest personality and savior of the game," which is high praise for a man of humble Baltimore raising.

* Favorable comparisons have been made between the Honors Golf Course in Chattanooga and Caves Valley . . . Tracy Austin unloads on Pam Shriver in a new book and some of the alleged language is not what you would expect from a lady tennis player . . . Had a storm not intervened, creating casual water and a fortunate free-lift, Patty Sheehan probably would have lost the U.S. Women's Open to Juli Inkster in the final 18 holes of regulation. But a comfortable fairway lie, instead of contending with rough, allowed her to reach the green and gain a decisive stroke.

* Pat O'Malley and Charley Eckman believe if the Orioles are in need of an area scout to help Jim Gilbert that strong consideration should be given George Henderson, the Essex C.C. "coach of the year" . . . Club 4100 of Brooklyn, with Manny Spanomanollis calling the signals, took a full bus to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for John Mackey's induction . . . You're getting to be a "young old-timer" if you remember when Texas, Md., (the town, not the state) had a semi-pro team and a field with lights hardly bright enough to read a wristwatch.

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