Frazier's rotation could help Orioles'

August 23, 1994|By PHIL JACKMAN

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If and when the GOG (Grand Old Game) returns to our day-to-day consciousness with the resumption of baseball, perhaps Police Commissioner Tom Frazier's rotation system should be adopted by Pete Angelos, Johnny Oates and the Orioles. Let's see, Cal Ripken goes to the outfield to make for more size out there, Rafael Palmeiro is switched to the role of solid left-handed starter in the mound rotation and Lee Smith takes his years of experience and knowledge of the hitters to shortstop.

* Debbie Yow, do yourself a favor as new athletic director at Terp Park and pick up a bundle to help pay off the huge deficit sports has been running these many years: Rescind that foolish order passed down by your predecessor, Ferdinand A. Geiger, and put a Maryland football game back in Memorial Stadium. Isn't 50,000 (fans) more than 30,000?

* Isn't it wonderful that Donald Fehr and Richard Ravitch, the guys who are supposed to be arguing out a solution to the baseball strike, are at least talking away from the conference table? They're on CNN ("Larry King Live") tonight (9 p.m.) with Secretary of Labor Robert Reich answering questions. Maybe Ross Perot will stop by with a chart or two.

* The Washington Bullets are staging their annual kickoff party soon (don't they mean tipoff?) and club president Susan O'Malley on the invitation to media types points out, "Dress is country club casual." Uh, Sue, how many sportswriters belong to country clubs and know what that means?

* Former heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey, who died the other day at the age of 91, was known as "The Boston Gob." He fought during the so-called "Golden Age of Boxing," 1924-1936, but these were days when strange happenings were a big part of the game. They still argue the low blow by Sharkey that gave Max Schmelling the crown in 1930. He won the belt back two years later, then lost to Primo Carnera, whose ability in the ring was unquestioned: He had none. One visit to Sharkey's bar hard by the Boston Garden was enough; you never went back.

* Yinka Dare, who's about two years away from being a fine collegiate player, gets $10 million from the New York Nets and predicts he'll be an All-Star within two years. Of course, while attending George Washington University, he has taken in Bullets games from time to time and they're the team that hasn't had a center in years. No wonder he thinks it's going to be easy.

* Pssst, revenue-sharing isn't a sure-fire panacea for baseball's problems. Just look at government at any level -- federal, state, city and county.

* After watching the recent PGA Championship and the closeups of golf shoe spike marks that looked like the gopher holes in "Caddy-shack," players should remove their shoes to putt. They do on some courses in Japan.

* Bud Selig, acting or interim something or other as regards the commissioner's office in baseball, should never be interviewed. According to the Milwaukee owner, everything is perfectly all right and there's no real dispute and the strike is all just a slight misunderstanding that will be cleared up momentarily.

* Julio Cesar Chavez is a huge 4-to-1 betting favorite over Meldrick Taylor in their Sept. 17 bout brilliantly advertised as "Unfinished Business" by boxing's answer to Howard Hughes, Don King. This is a strong indication of how far Taylor has gone back since their first fight was stopped with two seconds remaining and Meldrick well ahead. Meanwhile, many in the fight game are saying Chavez was always a bit overrated and he's fairly well shot these days.

* Fred Couples and Hale Irwin just sneaked into the top 10 in the point standings among Americans vying for a spot on the U.S. vs. International team event known as the President's Cup in Manassas, Va., Sept. 15-18. We might be in the chase yet.

* With his recent win at the PGA Championship, Nick Price became just the fifth golfer to win back-to-back major championships in the past 50 years. Only Ben Hogan, in 1953, won three -- the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open (in his only appearance). Bantam Ben lost in a later round of the PGA, which was a match-play tourney then.

* Jim Speros held up the production of the team media guide vTC while wrestling with the problem of which picture of himself should run. Now that's a perfectionist.

* Here's a fact that leaves you cold. No fighter ranked in the top 10 among heavyweights has opposed another top-tenner in more than a year.

* A must for all you boolah-boolah types is men's cologne in a school of your choice bottle, an officially licensed collegiate product . . . and for only $28, postage and handling included. About 50 schools are in on the deal (no Maryland).

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