Will stats strike out, too, like in rainout, if season never resumes?

August 08, 1994|By PHIL JACKMAN

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Say the baseball season doesn't resume when the boys walk off the job later this week. It's finis, kaput, ended. No wild-card playoffs, World Series or baseball under the arcs halfway through the football season. Will all the individual marks gointo the record books or will they go the way of a game rained out in the fourth inning and rescheduled in its entirety?

* What is Jim Speros' "ring of stars" proposal for Memorial Stadium supposed to do, put a hundred or so more patrons in the seats for an upcoming Blue & Silver game? The Cowboys and Redskins have names of past heroes festooning their ballparks, Texas and RFK stadiums, and simply copying the idea seems a little weak.

Besides, what about Hall of Famer Jim Palmer joining Frank and Brooks Robinson as part of the inaugural cast, not still active Cal Ripken? Or the rest of the ex-Baltimore Colts who have made it to Canton, Gino Marchetti, Weeb Ewbank, Jim Parker and Raymond Berry? Then there's the hoop Hall of Famers Wes Unseld and Buddy Jeannette, the great Maryland players, Jimmy Foxx, Lefty Grove, Al Kaline, the great collegiate players, etc.

* Among the 151 participants who will tee off in the PGA Championship on Thursday is Raymond Floyd, now a full-time player on the PGA Senior Tour and the winner of the event the last time it was played at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla. Floyd was a wire-to-wire winner as a result of his opening 63, which he calls, "probably the best round of golf I've ever played.

"I had an incredible stretch from the sixth hole to the 14th where I made nine straight 3s. That sure is easy to add up on the score card." TBS is covering the first two rounds of the tourney (noon to 6 p.m.) before CBS slides in on the weekend.

* Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, perhaps during changeovers, has --ed off a mystery novel entitled "The Total Zone," "a high-voltage thriller," according to the ads.

* Lennox Lewis has a mandatory defense of his WBC title coming up against Oliver McCall in about six weeks, then it's on to a match with Riddick Bowe in either December or next March. "Reason I want to fight Bowe," Lewis says, "is that's all the fans ever talk about."

Don King would have no part in any such promotion, however, and he's been screaming at Lennox, "That guy doesn't deserve a shot. He threw the belt you own into the garbage."

Lewis fought on a King card before, and he had it in his contract that the electrifying Don was not to speak to him. "I forgot that clause this time. There are a lot of things in life you can't do anything about."

* A free golf clinic (for the first 300 participants to register), featuring famed paraplegic golf trick-shot artist Dennis Walter, will be staged at the TPC Course at Avenel in Potomac beginning at noon Sunday. PGA Tour Charities is the sponsor and youngsters 17 and under can register by calling (301) 469-3700.

* Here's one from the I-knew-them-when department: A few years ago, Jerry Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys for $140 million. When the NFL was in its infancy, a team called the Oorang Indians, organized by the legendary Jim Thorpe, was sponsored by the Oorang Airedale Dog Kennels of LaRue, Ohio, to the tune of $100.

And pity not the Mariners, made to become a road team as the roof of the Kingdome comes tumbling down in Seattle. In its first three years in pro football, the aptly-named Columbus Panhandlers played just one home game.

* The folks up in Cooperstown are missing a good bet if they don't start grinding out video cassettes of Phil Rizzuto's Hall of Fame acceptance speech and selling them to the public. It was a far-from-planned double-talking masterpiece by the "Holy Cow" man.

* The Russians certainly didn't give themselves much of a chance to turn a buck with the Goodwill Games, tickets for the event going on sale just three weeks before the opening ceremonies and being available only at the competition sites in St. Petersburg. Ticket prices dropped two-thirds even before the Games started and precious few were sold outside Russia. Capitalism works if you know what you're doing, Boris.

* When asked if he had any plans for an all-or-nothing campaign to regain the No. 1 spot among tennis pros he once held, Mats Wilander replied, "It's comparable to Neil Armstrong. Just because he's been on the moon doesn't mean he wants to go to Mars."

* Hey, what's the charge out of being elected to the NFL Hall of Fame if you can't throw a few down and go kick a neighbor's door down back at your lodgings as Randy White was accused of doing a while back? As Dennis Hopper says in the Nike ads, "This is pro football, man."

* The World Championship of Basketball, currently raging in Toronto, commenced in 1950, and Argentina prevailed with the United States runner-up. Which begs the question, what sort of a team did we send to that tourney, considering the U.S. won every Olympic gold medal contested between 1936-1968. Three times in the 11 previous "Worlds" the United States hasn't even finished in the medals.

* Aug. 12, Friday, the day the players vacate the diamonds leading to the eighth work stoppage of the modern era, already is a fairly well-known date in Baltimore history. It was on Aug. 12, 1978, that Memorial Stadium was hit with its first power failure when two circuit breakers went haywire, causing an 85-minute delay. Howard Cosell, working a national telecast, kept yelping, "This wouldn't happen in a major-league city." Of course, Howard's beloved New York went dark totally one time.

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