Bunning is the man baseball needs

John Steadman

September 10, 1992|By John Steadman

NOTEworthy Day:

As baseball gropes for a permanent commissioner, we go back to our original nominee, before Peter Ueberroth, Bart Giamatti and Fay Vincent. Why not Jim Bunning, winner of 100 games in each major league, once a leader of the players association, a college graduate with a master's degree and father of 10 children, former member of the Kentucky state legislature and head of its finance committee? Bunning is a member of the U.S. Congress and would give the game a credibility and direction it desperately needs.

* Ryan Thompson, a New York Mets' acquisition in the David Cone deal, is from Edesville, Md., and the first Kent County native since Bill "Swish" Nicholson to reach the majors . . . ESPN fumbled the ball, denying the country a chance to enjoy the halftime show at Baltimore's football preseason game and the introduction of so many illustrious alumni, instead of cutting away for a bland studio report that amounted to nothing.

* The middle name of Shawn Swoboda Lee, the Miami Dolphins' nose tackle, came about because his father was a fan of Ron Swoboda when the Baltimore native was a New York Met . . . And still another Casey Stengel story, this from Lefty Lou Sleater: "When Casey told me I was traded to Kansas City, he said, 'Go there and do a good job but don't be like that fellow Sleater we have around here who tries to strike out everybody' " . . . Some of those NFL preseason games in Europe had ticket prices climbing to as high as $68.

* Take Vince Bagli's evaluation: Joe Angel, he of the rich voice and backswing to match, is the finest golfer ever associated with the Baltimore media, even surpassing the late Bailey Goss and George Taylor . . . If Tom Davis would have run at Sam Horn like a high fastball, the Orioles swinger would have missed in his bush trick of slapping a pie in the face of the HTS broadcaster . . . George Nicholsen, now a respectable golfer, living in Cloverfields in Queen Anne's County, says his first experience with the game found him losing 42 balls in 16 holes and his partner firing an errant shot that broke a windshield.

* Kansas City Chiefs scout Fred Schubach and the former Barbara Ferguson, daughter of the retired general manager at Sagamore Farm, are a new Mr. and Mrs. . . . Washington's all-sports station, WTEM, is off to a good start and getting excellent work from its Baltimore connections, namely Phil Wood, Ted Patterson and Davis, who missed last weekend because he was doing play-by-play of the Miami-Iowa football game on Mutuel Network . . . One-time Orioles farmhand Carroll Mouldin remembers when he used to be a baby sitter for Cal Ripken Jr. and brother Billy.

* Shouldn't Rex Barney's forthcoming book be entitled, "Thank You"? . . . Frederick Barnard, of Lutherville, believes if Baltimore can't get its old Colt name back, providing a franchise comes here, then the team should be called the Avengers, which has merit . . . The death of baseball Hall of Famer Billy Herman reminds of a time we played 18 holes with him and watched as he made an enormous shoulder turn on every shot and came in with what looked like a routine 72.

* Argue if you want but we believe the three most engaging public speakers in all of sports are Italian-Americans, Tommy Lasorda, Jim Valvano and Joe Garagiola . . . Calvert Hall graduate Michael Accorsi, son of the former Colts/Browns general manager, is a graduate assistant, specializing in football recruiting, at the University of Virginia and, of course, his father will be visiting him after Saturday's game with Navy . . . Two former athletes, Fred Schroeter and Chris Hohenstein, were roommates at St. Joseph's Hospital, undergoing open heart surgery, but the good news is both are on the comeback trail . . . Janis Rettaliata's book on the new ballpark is a winner but, more importantly, emphasizes the skills of an extraordinary photographer.

* Members of the Baltimore Colt Band are sponsoring a fund-raising card show Sept. 26-27 at Towson Center and have every right to be elated. They have the team's first hero, Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle, making autograph appearances both afternoons . . . There's a possibility Caves Valley will include Eldrick "Tiger" Woods, the 16-year-old golfing phenom from Cypress, Calif., on its invitational list for next summer's Chesapeake Cup, which features the nation's leading amateurs.

* Erick Anderson, the Michigan All-American linebacker and grandson of that great Colt and Bear of yesteryear, the late Bob Nowaskey, made the Kansas City Chiefs but at present is on injured reserve with an ankle problem . . . Bob "Ducky" Detweiler, one-time Boston Brave and minor-league manager, is still giving back to the game -- coaching a teen-age girls softball team in Federalsburg . . . Ex-Colt Earl Morrall resigned as mayor of Davie, Fla., to run for the state legislature.

* You're getting to be a "young old-timer" if you remember (the year was 1911) when Jim Thorpe, playing for Carlisle, scored two touchdowns against Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field and watched the rest of the game from the bench as the Indians eased up.

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