Rain doesn't dampen festivities for Buford Baysox postponed, will play 2 tonight

August 07, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

Only a rainout detracted from a glorious day for the Bufords.

Don Buford, the former Orioles leadoff hitter and current Bowie Baysox manager, was honored at a luncheon yesterday leading up to his induction into the Orioles Hall of Fame tonight before the game with the Cleveland Indians.

Family members and friends have come from as far away as

California for the occasion. The only thing that kept one son, Don Jr., away was a 36-hour shift in a Dallas hospital -- part of his medical school training.

The Baysox's game against the Reading Phillies last night would have been special, too. Damon Buford, assigned by the parent Orioles to Triple-A Rochester this week, returned for the luncheon after two games with the Red Wings. The Orioles were set to assign him to Bowie for one game to allow him to play under his father for the first time this season.

"It would have been neat, playing for Dad one more time," said Damon, who was managed by his father part of last season at Hagerstown.

But that part of the reunion was scratched when the Baysox-Phillies game was called because of rain. The teams will play a doubleheader tonight starting at 6:05.

In the opener, Bowie's Brian DuBois (4-1) will go against Craig Holman (6-9), and Erik Schullstrom (5-10) will pitch the second game against Greg Brown (2-4). Dubois has won four straight decisions and Schullstrom has lost five straight.

While Damon will rejoin Rochester tonight in Syracuse, Don Sr. will be at Oriole Park for the induction ceremony. Baysox coach Joe Durham will manage the club in Buford's absence.

Buford was still chuckling last night at stories told at the luncheon. Former teammate Curt Motton reminded the audience that Buford, an outfielder, had a glove called "U.S. Steel."

"Do you still have it, Don?" Motton needled. "Is it rusty?"

NOTES: The Baysox have lost seven of their past nine and 13 of their past 19. They've dropped 11 of their past 16 at home. . . . The first 1,000 youngsters 14 and under admitted to tonight's game will be given baseball gloves.

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