Baseball woes still bother recovering Lew Holmes ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SPORTS

SIDELINES

March 14, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Lew Holmes, the longtime county baseball adminstrator and promoter, is resting comfortably at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore after suffering a stroke.

"Everything looks good and I expect a full recovery, and still plan to put up a fight for Joe Cannon Stadium," said Holmes Friday afternoon.

Holmes, who resigned a couple weeks ago as president of the Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Association after 17 years, had become disenchanted with the state of affairs with baseball and county Recreation and Parks.

It was the 57-year-old Ferndale resident's idea to start the Friends of Joe Cannon Committee to promote youth baseball events at the stadium built in 1990 in Harmans.

It's Holmes' contention that Recreation and Parks has allowed ,, Cannon Stadium to be controlled by the bureaucracy, and he wants to see volunteers more involved in the operation. Frustrated, Holmes decided to disengage himself from his many volunteer baseball activities.

Now at a time when Cannon Stadium should be the farthest thing from his mind, he can't get it off his mind, even after recovering from a stroke.

Holmes suffered the stroke at home last weekend and was taken to Franklin Square.

"They've treated me wonderful here, but it won't be long and they'll want to throw me out of here," said Holmes. "You know how I am and it won't be long and I'll be trying to run this place."

Holmes said physical therapy will lead to full recovery and anyone who wants to say hello is welcome to give him a call at (410) 780-1469.

"I would love to hear from my friends," said Holmes.

* If you are an outstanding student-athlete, have you started your application for the 11th annual Anne Arundel All-County Academic-Athletic Team?

Don't forget your application is due by April 2. Look for the official ballot to run again in The Baltimore Sun and get yours in as early as possible.

Ten boys and 10 girls will be honored with two overall winners, one male and one female, at a May banquet. The team will be announced in late April.

Any questions should be directed to me on my 24-hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

* If you were there Thursday night at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, do you agree the Josh Hall/Victoria Savaliski pro boxing show was a good one and that you saw two middleweight boxers who are going places in Crofton's Alfonzo Daniels (3-0) and Floyd Seymour (0-1), who is from the Bahamas?

In what was arguably the best fight of the night, Daniels, who is trained by Jeff Novotny, stayed unbeaten by taking a unanimous decision over Seymour, who was making his pro debut.

Seymour, who trains at the Sugar Ray Leonard Gym in Palmer Park, offered quite a test for Daniels. All three judges scored it 39-37 Daniels.

el,.5l Other victorious locals on the card included "Irish" Carson McCourry of Pasadena, Boyar "Sugar Boy" Chew of Annapolis, and Meade High grad Jake "The Snake" Smith.

Smith (7-2-1) provided one of the most hilarious moments ever at Michael's in the sixth and final round of his unanimous decision over Baltimore's Cecil Sims (5-11-1).

While the two fighters were in a holding pattern with referee Terry Moore moving in to separate them, Smith raised his left hand over Sims and waved to the fans.

Smith also announced that he had dedicated the victory to his former Meade High phys-ed teacher, Butch Young, who has experienced health problems this basketball season.

Young was at College Park Thursday night, leading his fourth-seeded Mustangs to an 83-76 upset of top-seeded Springbrook in the state Class 4A boys basketball semifinals.

"I know Mr. Young has been sick this year and I wanted this for him," said Smith.

The next pro boxing show at Michael's will be May 6. For information call Round One Promotions at (410) 760-2699.

* Did you know that Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson has set April 28 as the date for his kickboxing show at Michael's with 10 bouts scheduled?

The Hammer had a highly successful show that drew about 700 fans back on Feb. 25 and expects a sellout for his next show, which will feature full-contact kickboxers from Maryland against a team from Pennsylvania.

For ticket information call Michael's at (410) 768-7901.

Glen Burnie's McPherson, a regional and national champion, has landed a kick boxing bout in Africa for early May.

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