Mosner blessed with horse sense to be fair judge

April 15, 1994|By John Steadman

NOTEworthy Day:

What has to be one of the lowest points in Maryland's long thoroughbred history is at hand, considering that Joe De Francis, owner of Laurel and Pimlico, has been publicly reprimanded for poor management skills by a Maryland Racing Commission committee headed by the eminently fair Jack Mosner, who truly understands the business and is much respected for his knowledge and gentlemanly restraint.

* When Harold Baines, the Orioles power hitter, visited Pro Golf in Severna Park this winter he hit practice balls registering 135 mph with a driver and 125 mph with a 5-iron -- which are establishment records among the thousands of golfers who test the speed machine. . . . Baltimore's Italian-American Charities, a grand group, honors Steve Palermo, the heroic umpire who is making a spirited comeback, at its banquet-dance May 6 at Martin's West. . . . Mary Lee Fones Weber, a Western Maryland College grad, is public relations director for the New Haven Ravens of the Eastern League.

* Retired New York Mets general manager Frank Cashen and wife Jean plan to spend spring and summer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland; winters in Port St. Lucie, Fla. . . . FBI agents arrested a mysterious mountain man in Georgia on multimillion-dollar fraud charges and the same suspect fictitiously claimed to be a ghostwriter, of all things, for author Tom Clancy, the vice chairman of the Orioles, who hardly needs literary help. . . . Baltimore's Doug Ballenger, former Walker Cup team member and onetime Masters participant, won the Jones Creek (Ga.) Club Invitational over a field of 136 golfers.

* Imaginative George Kelch, who says he only tries to help, never harm, felt he was brushed off by the CFL Colts when he offered them a list of potentially outstanding promotional ideas. . . . Broadcaster Al Wistert says Notre Dame football and the Masters Championship are "myths," which makes you wonder if he isn't abusing every man's right to be wrong. . . . Pam Shriver is in and out of BWI Airport so frequently they ought to at least name a runway for the Baltimore tennis player and TV announcer who travels the world.

* Morgan State University couldn't go wrong if it named either Paul Baker or Bob Wade its new basketball coach. . . . Ex-Oriole Ron Hansen succeeds Jerry Bark as president of the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association. . . . Jim and Pert Mutscheller held a 60th birthday party for Steve Myhra, who kicked the tying field goal that enabled the Colts to beat the New York Giants in the epic 1958 "sudden-death" game. . . . Next year will be eventful for Baltimore sports with an ongoing civic celebration of Babe Ruth's 100th birthday, Cal Ripken closing in on Lou Gehrig's longevity record and the Mid-Amateur Golf Championship at Caves Valley. . . . Dennis Gring is the new associate director, assisting chief executive Chester O'Sullivan and president Ed Athey, of the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame.

* Calvert Hall and Loyola kick off their 75th anniversary football meeting next fall and Henry Wohlfort is endeavoring to verify where each and every previous game was played, including Homewood, Memorial Stadium, Minnegan Stadium and other places.

* The sports book market is glutted but a sure winner is Bob Broeg's "Super Stars of Baseball" ($18.95, which can be ordered from Broeg at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) and includes chapters on ex-Orioles Babe Ruth, Lefty Grove, Robin Roberts, Frank and Brooks Robinson and Marylanders Jimmie Foxx and Al Kaline among the 55 player profiles.

* Monaghan's Pub, benefiting from a promotion put on by Gigi Hyle, raised $2,600 via a sports night, featuring Colt Tom Matte and Kevin Glover, the Maryland grad with the Detroit Lions, for the benefit of the Ed Block Courage Award fund at St. Vincent's. . . . WBAL-TV's Vincent Bagli predicted Tom Lehman would win the Masters, which was smart handicapping considering the second-place finisher was rated such a long shot. . . . John Unitas, thanks to surgery, has regained use of his right thumb, which was injured in football and had become progressively immobile.

* "Club Forty-One Hundred" in Brooklyn Park holds its sports night April 23. . . . National champion Arkansas shows only a 22 percent rate of graduation for its black basketball players. . . . Walter Youse's Corrigan's club plays the Silver Bullets women's baseball team as a preliminary to the Bowie Baysox game June 18.

* Be forewarned: When Sid Fernandez is pitching for the Orioles, games may run into the next day because he deliberates so painfully long between deliveries. . . . And what ever happened to sliding pads?. . . . All-American Bob Williams and the national championship team he played for at Notre Dame huddles for its 45th reunion this fall at the BYU game. . . . Ex-Colts Dick Szymanski and Lou Michaels join previously enshrined coach Ted Marchibroda in the Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in Detroit on June 9.

* While on his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame, George Kell played his first year in professional baseball for the mighty sum of $60 a month at Newport in the Arkansas State League. . . . If the CFL Colts are as successful as the Dallas Cowboys there'll be no complaint over the fact their uniforms are so similar. . . . You're getting to be a "young old-timer" if you remember when a case of Wheaties (small boxes) went to every International League Oriole who hit a home run.

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