There's plenty of proof that Oriole Park is homer haven

June 23, 1996|By John Steadman

Noteworthy Day:

When left-handed hitters can flick changeups over the left-field fence with one hand on the bat, you know Camden Yards is a bandbox. In the last four years, Baltimore is behind only Detroit in the American League when it comes to the number of homers flying out of the place.

Hitting in bad luck: Ex-Oriole Jack Brandt recorded a hole-in-one on an Omaha golf course, which gave him bragging rights, but had it occurred on the designated par-3 in the same tournament he would have been rewarded with $1 million. . . . The father of lacrosse at Franklin & Marshall College is Baltimorean Sig Hyman, who instituted the game as a player-coach and retired with a perfect record.

Western Maryland College and friends of Charley Havens hold a memorial tribute in Baker Chapel on campus July 20. . . . Some area sculptors are upset they didn't get a chance to submit XTC proposals for the Cal Ripken statue in Aberdeen, an assignment that went to Susan Luery. . . . When John Moag, director of the Maryland Stadium Authority, next sees NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, he'll ask that Baltimore be awarded a future Super Bowl. . . . Mount St. Joe won its exhibition football game in London, 56-14, over an all-star British team, and coach Mike Working, his father Dick, and the entire team were guests for a 10-day historical tour.

Wedding bells ring for Yvone Ameche, widow of the Colts' much-beloved fullback, when she says "I do" to Glenn Davis next month in Philadelphia, which will make her the only woman in history who has been married to two Heisman Trophy winners. . . . Momentum is gathering behind "Old Oriole" Steve Brodie for next year's Hall of Fame and -- if it happens -- it will mean it's the only outfield unit (Wee Willie Keeler and Joe Kelley are already there) to receive such distinction. . . . A Ravens official told Joey Unitas, a University of South Carolina quarterback, he had a summer job, but when he called he was told it would be as a volunteer answering the phones. Then the Orioles hired him -- an irony in that the son of Baltimore's greatest football player is working for the baseball team.

One reason Navy should refrain from playing Maryland in football, and we hope AD Jack Lengyel agrees, is it's too much to ask of a team already burdened with emotional games against Army, Air Force and Notre Dame. . . . Orioles' Syd Thrift says he worked out for Federalsburg A's manager Ducky Detweiler in the old Eastern Shore League, but one reason he didn't sign, apart from the money, is they had a fancy-fielding, power-hitting, base-stealing first baseman named Don "Tex" Warfield, a Baltimorean who never reached the promise his natural ability suggested. . . . Cliff Mapes is the only player to wear both "3" and "7" for the Yankees, worn before they were retired as the legendary numbers of Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, respectively.

Bonita Farm, a showcase training and breeding property in Harford County, was the scene of former Sunpapers racing editor Bill Boniface's autograph party for the introduction of his novel, "Studs," soon to be in book stores. . . . Cal Ripken Sr., when he was catching in the Orioles' farm system at Wilson, N.C., in 1958, set a defensive record with a fielding percentage of .996, which is only now being challenged by another Oriole prospect, Jim Foster of the Frederick Keys. . . . Al "Moon" Paul, former Forest Park and Western Maryland College athlete, has settled into retirement in Owings Mills after 18 years as AD at Columbia.

One of the area's promising golfers, Jessica Fernandez, a protege of Norm Vacovsky, is working part-time at Glen Burnie's Furnace Creek Driving Range and has accepted a scholarship to Longwood (Va.) College, where another Vacovsky student, Tina Barrett, graduated with both academic and golfing honors. . . . The property at what used to be Baltimore Raceway, which Jerry Hoffberger owned and where Frank Cashen was general manager, is finally being developed but hopefully the bones of the old trotting horse, Cimarron Chief, who is buried there, won't be disturbed.

Two of Harvey Kasoff's all-time basketball heroes, Buddy Jeannette and Wes Unseld, have so much in common -- serving the Baltimore and Washington Bullets as players, coaches and general managers, plus playing on the franchise's championship teams and being members of the Basketball Hall of Fame. . . . Milwaukee Brewers scout Ron Rizzi will be at Prince George's County Stadium next Saturday morning at 8: 30, teaching baseball fundamentals at a clinic for youngsters (tuition is $20).

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