A potential offer for Gillick a promotion for Towson's Brown

September 28, 1997|By John Steadman

NOTEworthy Day:

No contact has yet been made, but the new ownership of the Toronto Blue Jays is contemplating offering Pat Gillick a chance to rejoin the club where he started as general manager -- enticing him with a percentage of ownership. Gillick, meanwhile, says he's happy in Baltimore and insists he's not interested in taking a hike.

A change of address and promotion for Scott Brown, former Towson High baseball player, from general manager of the New York Mets' farm club at Port St. Lucie of the Florida State League to assistant general manager of their Binghamton affiliate in the Eastern League. The thought comes back that the only Baltimore golfer to ever play in the Ryder Cup was Billy Collins, 1961, on a team that included Arnold Palmer, Art Wall, Mike Souchak, Dow Finsterwald, Gene Littler, Billy Casper, Jerry Barber, Jay Hebert and Doug Ford. Oilers quarterback Steve "Air" McNair has to use his running to be effective because, as a passer, he's limited. Will the Orioles' Chris Hoiles, an otherwise first-rate catcher, but with serious arm problems, be exploited by runners in coming playoffs? Cal Ermer, member of the Patterson High School hall of fame, by virtue of his more than 50 years in baseball, will be honored at January's "Tops In Sports" banquet. Two stunning results of the early state football season: Western Maryland College's 55-7 rout of Gettysburg, which had dominated the series since 1891, and Johns Hopkins' rolling up Swarthmore, 73-0, which was unfortunate since a traditional rival deserves more respect than to ever have that happen.

John Carroll High School names its athletic field after its late coach and teacher, the much-revered Gerry Gray, on Oct. 11, and only another obligation will prevent us from being present for a ceremony honoring an exemplary athlete and individual. George Radosevich, a center for the Baltimore Colts when John Unitas and Lenny Moore were both rookies, is helping coach high school football in Monessen, Pa. After an 0-5 start, Matt White, the Waynesboro (Pa.) high school phenom, who got baseball's record bonus of $10.2 million, came on strong to win his last four games and, overall, to strike out 82 in 84 innings in the New York-Penn League. The Ravens' Vinny Testaverde and the Oilers' Eddie George are products of the same prep school, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy. Bill Stetka Sr. caught up with a former Bainbridge Naval Station shipmate and teammate in George Zuraw, now assistant to the vice president of operations for the Seattle Mariners. Certainly the demise of Timonium Race Track, forecast as imminent five years ago, was decidedly premature, considering its successful comeback, which makes Max Mosner, Grove Miller and other board members believe the racing will go on for at least another 100 years.

Hopefully, the Orioles will bring back Chip Weinman, president of the Maryland/D.C./Delaware Broadcasters Association, for his third appearance this season, maybe a club record, for singing the national anthem. Bucky Gunts, son of Brent, former general manager of WBAL-TV, has made rapid strides in the sports division of NBC and has come to be regarded as one of the leading directors in all of network television. For purity of the swing, how about a smooth foursome, present and past, of Orioles first basemen, Jim Gentile, Boog Powell, Eddie Murray and Rafael Palmeiro? No one asked, but a personal choice of the three best golf courses we ever cut up are, in order, Pine Valley, Augusta National and Sankaty Head. Bob Brown, father of Scott, anticipates resigning as public relations consultant to Maryland's three minor-league teams to complete a book project on the Orioles. The Orioles say they aren't close to naming a public address announcer to succeed the late Rex Barney but have auditioned John Patti and Chris Ely, and on deck is Ted Patterson.

The Ripken Museum in Aberdeen, open only seven months, has drawn almost 15,000 visitors, according to president Jim McMahan, and is a perfect complement to the nearby Proving Grounds' Ordnance Museum. Kip Patterson, who became a Marine Corps captain after attending Poly and Morgan State, is the new drum major of the Colts' Band, replacing the dedicated Dr. Jack Vaeth, whose medical duties took precedence over taking part in another football season. And 50 years ago, when the Colts made their bow into the football world, you could buy a seafood platter at Baum's Restaurant on West Saratoga Street for $1 that included a back fin lump crab cake, fried shrimp, scallops, clams, filet of sole, cole slaw, french fries and rolls. Norman Vacovsky, professional at the Furnace Branch Driving Range in Glen Burnie, attributes so many young people playing golf to the enormous interest created by Tiger Woods. Pro Football Hall of Fame officials say the Tom Matte wrist band, a "crib sheet" with plays under plastic, continues as one of its most talked-about exhibits.

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