Arnold's party: Next best thing to being at park

SIDELINES

April 03, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Not everyone can get a ticket to opening day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards tomorrow, but there may be an alternative for Anne Arundel County fans.

Singing pitcher Greg "Nuke Laloosh" Arnold, the ex-Baltimore Orioles minor-leaguer, is having his third annual Opening Day party indoors and outdoors at Henny Mack's Tavern in Glen Burnie.

"It's the place to be if you're not going to the game, because we'll have plenty of food and watch the game on TV," said Arnold. "I might even do some Elvis and we're going to raffle off Streisand tickets, too."

Arnold will be his usual entertaining self, spinning baseball yarns, and he's got a truck load. In addition, an assortment of local personalities and characters will be on hand.

It's not known if Arnold's newborn son will be stopping by with his mom, Mandy. Greg and Mandy named him Nolan Ryan Arnold. Arnold has a son by a previous marriage named Brooks Robinson Arnold.

Eckman keeping busy

Glen Burnie's Charley Eckman is having lunch tomorrow with Peter Angelos and will sit in the Oriole owner's box at Camden Yards for the season opener.

"I'll keep 'em in stitches, jack potting around, you can call a cab on that," said Eckman.

Eckman will be at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie Tuesday night for the second annual Take Back Our Streets Celebrity Night for the benefit of the Anne Arundel County police Youth Activities Program in Freetown and Meade Village.

Joining Eckman on the program will be Jim Lachey of the Washington Redskins, former Colt Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore and the Spirit's Kenny Cooper and Mike Stankovic.

For ticket information call Vickie Bowen at (410) 222-1148 or Michael's at (410) 768-7901.

Wilson resigns at North County

Brad Wilson resigned as assistant baseball coach at North County last week and head coach Don Usewick replaced him with ex-Brooklyn Park athlete Brian Holler. Brian's brother, C.J., is assistant softball coach at North County.

"I've always wanted to work with high school baseball players," said Holler, who has coached the Wagner's summer softball team with C.J.

"Many a day walking my route [he's a retired letter carrier], I would think about how to hit this guy or how to pitch to that guy. I've always loved baseball."

Holler's first game on Thursday at Severna Park was not a memorable one as the Falcons stunned the No. 8 Knights, 7-1, in a rain-shortened contest.

Committee pitching effective

Veteran Severna Park baseball coach Jim Pitt, whose forte is hitting , unveiled his "pitch by committee" plan and it worked perfectly.

Sophomore Scott Vane worked the first three innings, junior Bill Erskine took four and five and senior Brad Ruffell closed it.

"We're going to be better than people think," said Falcon first baseman Brad Tippin, who homered along with Tim Williams. "We can hit and will score a lot of runs."

Patriots, Cougars still tied

Two more baseball teams deserved to win at Old Mill on Thursday where the No. 2 host Patriots tied No. 10 Chesapeake, 6-6, in a game halted by darkness after seven innings. The two clubs were to finish it Friday, but rain on Thursday night prevented that.

"The field is too soft and the mound is in horrible condition. We couldn't drag the field," said Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery.

Winegrad undecided

Outstanding Annapolis defenseman David Winegrad has a host of colleges, including Princeton, Virginia, Brown, Bucknell, North Carolina and the University of Maryland interested in him.

"David has not committed to Princeton and is still considering several schools," said David's dad, Dan.

Annapolis coach Dan Hart had said last week that Winegrad was headed for Princeton.

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