Angelos targeted for thanks from Colts reunion panel

August 30, 1998|By John Steadman

NOTEworthy Day:

Committee members organizing the reunion of the 1958 world champion Baltimore Colts will salute Peter Angelos for being one of their most ardent fans. Angelos continues to hold an annual ballpark gathering for the players' enjoyment and has been a leader in raising funds for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) at Johns Hopkins, which is what the Nov. 19 gathering is all about -- plus having a chance to cheer once again for one of football's finest-ever teams.

Now that the Bowie Baysox have honored the late Bud Freeman by naming its press box in his honor, shouldn't the Orioles do the same for Bob Brown, who deserves a similar distinction for 40 years of exceptional service to the team, city and media? Talk among the townies on the benches in downtown Nantucket the past couple of weeks concerns Wayne Huizenga, who always seems to be buying or selling something, paying a reported $500,000 to join the new Nantucket Golf Club. Roger Maris used to drink a Budweiser, which he later distributed; Babe Ruth sipped scotch on the rocks and his favorite beer, National Premium from Baltimore, but Mark McGwire takes a pill that is illegal in the Olympics, NFL and NCAA, which unfortunately taints his record challenge. If the Orioles seek to hire a new general manager and manager, they might do well to consider Dave Dombrowski of the Florida Marlins and ex-Oriole Rick Dempsey, now at Norfolk in the International League, who has had success at the minor-league level, but aspires for a chance in the majors and is highly qualified.

One of the least appreciated of all Orioles executives of the past is Dave Ritterpusch, who made over the farm department, expanded the scouting system and drafted Eddie Murray, Mike Flanagan, Dennis Martinez, Sammy Stewart and Rich Dauer. When he isn't singing the next verse of "Pigtown Is Gonna Shine Tonight," Hunky Sauerhoff is trying to create interest in a book he hopes could be written on Harry Jeffra, Baltimore's only two-time boxing champion. John Zuger, who spent 29 years teaching in Anne Arundel County, has left his scouting position with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League to join the British Columbia Lions. Mark Jackman, new president of the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association, has elaborate plans for the organization's first oyster/bull roast at Parkville American Legion Hall on Oct. 3.

The Grand Old Scout, Eddie Liberatore, advances the thought that Cal Ripken and two earlier Hall of Famers, Lou Boudreau and Joe Cronin, were the best shortstops he ever watched when it came to positioning themselves while playing hitters. If the Ravens put a bird on top of the new stadium, it would be tempting tackiness, kind of like putting a flock of plastic flamingos on your front lawn. Ravens owner Art Modell was never more right -- pro football exhibitions should be cut back from four to two. Walter Driskill, former Colts general manager and an emergency coach in 1949, later to form the Dribeck distributorship for Beck's beer (which he later sold for $28 million), has died in Delray Beach, Fla., at age 81.

Recommended reading: Frank Dolson's "Jim Bunning, Baseball and Beyond" and Jerome Holtzman's "Commissioners," a well-crafted work on the game's leaders, from the Judge to Bud. Take a bow, Michelle Stetz, a designer with the Bob Leffler

Agency, for designing a prize-winning logo for the NFL. Sam Lamantia, whose direction of the Ed Block Courage Award banquet has raised more than $4 million in 20 years, will receive "The Ameritan Award" from the Sons of Italy on Oct. 4 at Martin's Eastwind. His football days are long behind him in West Virginia, but Dave Hardin's ability to write lyrics has gotten part of his song, "Baltimore You're Home To Me," a place in the new John Waters movie, "Pecker" One of the most successful football coaches Bowie State ever had, the innovative Dave Dolch, has bought 51 percent of the International Youth Institute Inc., and will continue to train counselors and teachers in how to deal with at-risk youth.

For 71 years, the Easterwood Park Boys Club, now incorporated, has been meeting for its annual session of "do you remember when," and this year's gathering, planned by Billy Lewis and "Ginny" Paul, will be held Sept. 16 at Martin's West. Back when Loyola College had a football team, the early 1930s, two live greyhound mascots, gifts of financier John J. Raskob, sprinted along the sidelines. In Bandon, Ore., there's an ocean-side golf course under construction that will allow only disabled golfers to ride a cart McDonogh will honor its esteemed Howard "Dutch" Eyth, former coach and athletic director, who turns 90 tomorrow, with a gathering Sept. 8 at the school campus. In case you're wondering, John Call, who is creating a stir among mountain bikers, is the son of Jack Call, the hard-hitting halfback who played for the 1958 championship Colts.

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