Looking back, looking ahead: touching bases in name game

March 08, 1998|By John Steadman

NOTEworthy Day:

Before our good mayor, Kurt L. Schmoke, gets too involved in discussions over a new indoor arena, he needs to check with Abe Pollin, who holds the NBA and NHL territorial rights for

Baltimore. In fact, Pollin already has paid a fee for invading Baltimore's American Hockey League area, handing over a payment to R. C. "Jake" Embry and Zanvyl Krieger in 1974.

Omni Hotel officials tell Don and David Shula they'll be ready for ++ their steakhouse to open "sometime in April," which will make Baltimore the sixth city in the restaurant expansion for the Hall of Fame NFL coach and his son.

Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., wants the family of John C. Meyers Sr., who died last week in Cumberland, to know it would be most receptive to displaying Lefty Grove's 1931 MVP award, now in a Lonaconing bank vault, that he gave to his friend for safekeeping more than 25 years ago.

In a grand gesture, Queenstown Harbor Golf Links has presented a $50,000 check to the town's volunteer fire company to help its fund-raising effort to buy new apparatus and Lex Birney, one of the owner-partners, says he hopes other businesses do the same.

Golfer Johnny Miller; footballer Art Shell, a Maryland State product; swimmer Matt Biondi, and Fred Scolari, former Baltimore Bullets player-coach, were inducted into the San Francisco Bay Area Hall of Fame.

It's regrettable that the Colt Corrals, now Ravens Nests, let their 40th anniversary pass without a celebration and that the Colts' Band, re-named the Ravens Band, similarly ignored its 50th year of organization, presumably for fear of alienating the new team.

Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson disturbed his hosts and also the fans by the rude way he acted during a visit to New Haven, Conn., for the Walter Camp Awards ceremony and also made a bad personal impression at the NFL workouts in Indianapolis.

It just occurs to us, and we don't know why, that Richard M. Nixon, when he was vice president, was present for three of Baltimore's most memorable sports events -- the return of major-league baseball to Baltimore in 1954 when he threw out the first ball, the Preakness trophy presentation after Bold Ruler's win in 1957, and the only championship game the Colts played at home, their victory over the New York Giants in 1959.

Why do we keep waiting for Alderson-Broaddus to play Gustavus Adolphus?

Don't take exception, we're all for disabled golfer Casey Martin riding a cart, but what would have happened if Pete Gray had asked similar consideration, requesting pitchers not to throw changeups or breaking pitches since he was swinging the bat with only one arm?

The Orioles training camp performance of Gerry Sandusky for WBAL Radio and TV was, in a word, brilliant.

Howie Dare, former Poly and Maryland halfback, retired from the FBI and living in Huntington Beach, Calif., says working under the direction of Vic Turyn, one-time Maryland quarterback, who was there in the coaching days of Paul "Bear" Bryant, was one of the great experiences of his career.

Golf isn't all about power, as witness modest-hitting Billy Mayfair beating Tiger Woods in last week's Nissan Open.

Too many critics were quick to rip Ozzie Newsome when he arrived, but are now saying he's the Ravens' true hope for the development of the team.

How can Bob Feller and Ted Williams, two of our schoolboy heroes, advocate Hall of Fame stature for Shoeless Joe Jackson, who actually signed a confession that he was involved in the Black Sox World Series scandal of 1919?

On the mend: ex-football players Art Donovan (shoulder), Bill Saul (chest), John Unitas (arm rehab), Jim Mutscheller (knee), Bob Williams (shoulder), Tom Matte (ulcers) and Colts team pharmacist Bucky Levin (kidney); former baseball players Lou Sleater (back), Gordon Mueller (knee), Ted Sepkowski (gums), Bill Stetka Sr. (arm) and Jack Fetting (pneumonia).

Gary Gait, the Baltimore Thunder forward with superb stick skills, is the best drawing card in the history of indoor lacrosse, even surpassing the late Bobby Pool.

We can't go so far as Jon Miller, in his assessment of Harry Caray, by calling him the "Babe Ruth of the microphone" because we can think of at least eight other baseball play-by-play craftsmen who surpassed him in quality of voice and knowledge of the game, but he was sure No. 1 in making listening to him a fun time.

Note to Charley Casserly: Wouldn't Vinny Testaverde, since he's far better than anything you have, be a perfect fit for the Washington Redskins? And, if you hired him, he wouldn't even have to sell his house in Anne Arundel County.

John Muckler, newly named New York Rangers coach, was a Baltimore Clippers player when the team was burned out of its Carlin's Park rink and had to move to Charlotte, N.C.

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