Barnett makes right call for school Ump sees Bowling Green benefit from Cal's night

Orioles Notebook

September 10, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF

No institution may have benefited more from Cal Ripken's consecutive-games streak than Bowling Green University.

The Ohio school stands to profit more than $100,000 from Sept. 6, 1995, the day Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's streak by playing in his 2,131st consecutive game, thanks to Larry Barnett, the plate umpire that night.

Barnett donated the lineup card he used for the historic game, along with two tickets to the game and a program autographed by Ripken and the umpiring crew to the university for a silent auction. So far, bidding is up to $87,000. The money will go toward a scholarship fund in the name of Barnett and his wife, Sharon. Barnett also made a personal donation of $25,000 to the school.

Barnett, who has an honorary degree from his hometown university, got permission from American League president Gene Budig and supervisor of umpires Marty Springstead to donate the items for auction.

Ripken said he was stunned to learn the figure got so high.

"I'm sure it's surprising to most anyone," Ripken said. "I don't have any idea what the value is. I guess no one else does either until you find two people that really want it."

Surhoff gets shot for back

B. J. Surhoff said he was feeling better yesterday after an epidural to relieve pain in his back.

Surhoff has missed the past three games with the injury but said he'd like to return today if possible. That decision will be made when he speaks with doctors before game time.

"I'm fine right now," Surhoff said yesterday afternoon. "I feel a lot better than [Sunday]. Hopefully I'll just be out until [today]. I'll have a better idea then, after I've had a day to rest and had time for the medication to take effect."

Surhoff said the back started hurting after a swing in Friday's game. Last year he missed a week of play with a similar problem.

Unique photo op

Orioles pitching coach Pat Dobson has been trying to organize a historic photograph.

Dobson, who gave up Eddie Murray's first career home run in 1977, wants to get his picture taken with Murray and Detroit Tigers pitcher Felipe Lira, who yielded Murray's 500th career homer on Friday.

Dobson had several Orioles employees trying to get the players together and hoped as a last resort the photo could be arranged this weekend when the Orioles make their final trip to Detroit.

"Eddie said he'd do it," Dobson said. "I thought it would be a great picture. I'm going to get him to sign it and get it framed. The chances of the guys who threw No. 1 and No. 500 being in the same place are slim and none. It would be a neat picture."

Wells wanted opener

Johnson said David Wells asked to start on three days' rest so he could begin an important series with the Chicago White Sox tonight.

Rick Krivda was called up from Rochester so the Orioles could expand to a five-man rotation, and will pitch tomorrow, but Wells has responded well to the shorter rest period.

"[Wells] didn't want [the extra rest]," said Johnson, who also preferred Wells starting the opener. "My preference was for him to open up against Chicago, rather than a kid who has not been in the rotation all year long."

Let's make a deal

Dan Jones, the fan who caught Murray's 500th homer, spoke with Orioles officials yesterday about the possibility of returning the ball to Murray.

The Orioles have retrieved every homer ball Murray has hit since joining the team and Murray is having a display built to preserve them. Jones said he is not sure what he wants to do with the ball. He could work a deal with the Orioles or perhaps sell the ball to a memorabilia dealer or collector.

"There's really no update yet," Jones said. "I haven't thought about what I want for it that much. It's not like I'm trying to hold out on them. I feel extremely fortunate. I'm very lucky. I'm a huge fan of Eddie's."

Around the horn

The Orioles caught a major break when Toronto moved up Cy Young candidate Pat Hentgen's projected start a day to Sept. 25, so he will not face the Orioles the 26th. Hentgen could pitch the last day of the season against the Orioles, but manager Cito Gaston said that will occur only if Hentgen is going for his 20th win. He has 17 wins now. . . . Brady Anderson is the first Oriole with 100 runs and 100 RBIs since 1985. That year Murray scored 111 runs and drove in 124 and Ripken scored 116 and drove in 110. . . . The Orioles' message board congratulated longtime public address announcer Rex Barney, 71, last night on the 48th anniversary of his no-hitter. Pitching for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Barney no-hit the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, retiring the last 22 batters he faced. . . . The Tigers have homered in 20 of their past 22 games.

In the clutch

When Rafael Palmeiro hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning Sunday, it was his 13th game-winning RBI of the year, to go along with four RBIs that tied games the Orioles eventually won. The Orioles' leaders:

Player .. .. .. .. .. .Tie .. ..Win .. ..Tot.

Rafael Palmeiro .. .. ..4 .. .. .13 .. .. .17

B. J. Surhoff .. .. .. .1 .. .. .10 .. .. .11

Brady Anderson .. .. ...5 .. .. ..6 .. .. .11

Cal Ripken .. .. .. .. .2 .. .. ..9 .. .. .11

Bobby Bonilla .. .. .. .4 .. .. ..6 .. .. .10

Chris Hoiles .. .. .. ..2 .. .. ..7 .. .. ..9

Roberto Alomar .. .. ...3 .. .. ..4 .. .. ..7

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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