Turf Valley owner to build 9 more holes

Jack Steadman

December 14, 1992|By Jack Steadman

NOTEworthy Day:

Turf Valley owner Nick Mangione, continuing to improve golf facilities, is about to build another nine holes, which will give him three complete courses (54 holes). . . . If you're wondering whatever happened to Gus Gribben, former sportswriter of The Sun, he is a highly respected member of the Marquette University faculty. . . . Baseball needs to have its head examined because of the salaries teams are paying, but imagine the New York Yankees signing Spike Owen, a mediocre shortstop, with little offensive punch, for $7 million for three years; he couldn't shine Phil Rizzuto's shoes.

* John "Rocky" Thornton pulled out of his restaurant deal in Chattanooga and returned to Baltimore to recover from what he says is a serious case of homesickness. . . . Coach Gene Stallings contends his Alabama linebackers "all play like they're in a bad humor." . . . Nestor Aparicio, the music critic/sports expert, disagrees, but our favorite rock band, the "Zipperheads," has been replaced in musical affections by "Buck Naked And The Bare Bottom Boys". . . . Don't rule out Dave Dolch, now at Morningside, as a possible choice to be Western Maryland College's next football coach.

* Hunting note: A bowman in Queen Anne's County took aim at a deer, but was surprised to get two with a single arrow because one was standing in front of the other. . . . You may disagree, but the Bainbridge Naval Commodores, during World War II, with the likes of Choo-Choo Charlie Justice, Harry "Hippity" Hopp and Lou Rymkus, may have been the best football team ever assembled in Maryland -- including the Baltimore Colts.

* A sad commentary, or rather a sad non-commentary, is that no Baltimore radio station thought enough of its listeners to carry the Navy-Army game or City-Poly and Calvert Hall-Loyola. . . . John Von Paris, whose moving van company is celebrating its 100th anniversary, says the most interesting move in his lifetime was carrying the Orioles from Memorial Stadium to its new downtown park. . . . The Notre Dame record for an interception return by Jack Elder in 1929 against Army is being corrected from 96 yards to 100 yards simply because Joe Doyle of the South Bend Tribune watched an old newsreel and picked up the discrepancy.

* The only Baltimore Colts alumni in both the college and pro football halls of fame are Jim Parker and Ted Hendricks, but the overall tabulation shows 11 former Colts with the pros and 15 among the collegiate elite. . . . John Haines, the golf pro who left Hunt Valley for Teton Pines C.C. in Jackson, Wyo., predicts in five years all players will be using clubs with graphite shafts. . . . We voted almost a month ago for Gino Torretta as the Heisman winner but, more importantly, the honor sustains itself as the most recognizable award in all of football, far ahead of anything the pros present.

* Hawaii's high school football championship draws more fans than comparable games held in Texas, Florida or Ohio. . . . Baltimorean Harry Wendelstedt is ready to open another session of what has become the country's No. 1 umpiring school with classes running Jan. 4 to Feb. 7 in Ormond Beach, Fla.

* Steve Howe, after seven drug suspensions in baseball, is back for what is hoped to be a new beginning, but Pete Rose can't even get his name on the Hall of Fame ballot. . . . Baltimorean Fred Manfra, longtime friend and an outstanding reporter with an exceptional voice, supposedly has the inside on Orioles' vacant radio job despite a bad experience several years ago.

* Ex-Colt George Taliaferro retired as assistant to the president at Indiana University. . . . Businessman Buddy Zamoski, the owners of Rite Aid Drugs, based in Harrisburg, and a Canadian group, along with Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, are reportedly pitching a deal for the Orioles from Eli Jacobs. . . . How is it the Rev. Jesse Jackson was forgiven for his anti-Jewish remarks, but doesn't want to extend Marge Schott the same forgiveness for inflammatory racial comments?

* Seeing Lou Michaels, the ex-Colt, enter the College Football Hall of Fame reminds that one year at Kentucky he played 556 of a possible 600 minutes in 10 games, which is all the testimony needed to tell you about his ability. . . . Baltimore, the Colts and the Preakness lost one of its finest promotional leaders with the death of Ralph Elsmo, who gave much of himself to football and to racing.

* You're getting to be an old-timer if you remember when college football had only three downs, as prescribed in Canadian football; another down was added in 1912.

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