After college, QB differences grow by degrees

November 14, 1999|By John Steadman

NOTEworthy Day:

Some pro football scouts, at this preliminary stage, say quarterback prospects Chris Redman of Louisville and Chad Pennington of Marshall are difficult to separate in talent evaluations, but that song has been heard before, such as with Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning, Rick Mirer and Drew Bledsoe.

Queen Anne's and Perry Hall high schools shared the athletic and academic talents of Kristine Jost, who set distance-running records at Villanova University, graduating with an imposing, 3.52 grade-point average, and is now pursuing another degree, this in sports journalism, at the University of Florida. If athletes knew what an autograph meant to a child they'd never say no.

Two of the smoothest swings in golf belong to the Geibergers, father Al and son Brent. Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos says batting instructor Terry Crowley was one of the "most significant pluses" in an otherwise drab season. The Ravens' band accepted an invitation to play in Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day parade, which has John Ziemann so happy he's dancing the mambo.

The best-looking uniform in all of pro football belongs to the St. Louis Rams, and that doesn't include their distinctive helmets, the first to carry a design, starting way back to 1948.

The Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association, under the guidance of president Gary Bishop, is endeavoring to bring back former members and recruit new ones for an organizational revival. Baltimorean Russ Dlin continues to draw acclaim as a network pro football statistician.

Change of address: Ex-Colt Jimmy Orr is residing at St. Simon's Island, Ga., where another former Colts receiver, Lamar "Racehorse" Davis, was born and lives.

Terry McDonough, who does an exceptional job scouting the southeast for the Ravens, is the son of Will, the Boston Globe sportswriter and network reporter. The NFL gave Los Angeles every opportunity, and then some, to gain an expansion team, but the city never got even mildly excited over the possibility.

Once a 20-game winner for the International League Orioles, later a New York Giant, pitcher Bill Lohrman has died at 86. Jody Schulz, a Queen Anne's High alumnus who was drafted second as a linebacker by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1983, was inducted into the East Carolina University athletic hall of fame. Tom Davis and John Unitas are doing wellwith their Sunday television show, 11: 30 a.m., on Channel 54.

It happened 100 years ago: the Orioles finished in fourth place in the National League, but player-manager John McGraw, now resting in New Cathedral Cemetery, batted his all-time best, .391. Dennis Hinkle, dean of elementary education at Towson University, faced Pete Rose when both were catchers and rivals in Cincinnati high school ball.

Bob Williams and Jim Mutscheller, important performers, attended the 50th-anniversary celebration of Notre Dame's national championship in 1949. The last time Pimlico built a clubhouse, 1960, it took only 176 days of construction, which tells us it's long past post time to do it again rather than embarking on a piecemeal improvement program.

The amazing record for championship longevity in boxing is held by Joe Louis, who reigned for 12 eventful years, taking on all comers.

Efforts are under way by Chris Scherr and the Greater Belair Community Foundation to erect new stands at Al Cesky Field, a project costing $240,000.

Stephen Porter, chairman of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce Baseball Advisory Committee, says major league teams in Baltimore and Washington could survive and offers this assessment: "We are not part of the Baltimore market. It's absurd to have this myth that somehow Washington has become part of their territory," meaning the Orioles.

Hard to comprehend that Grant Hill, so capable in multiple ways with a basketball in hand, didn't hit a three-pointer in 14 tries last season, but finished as the NBA's 10th-leading scorer. It's difficult to believe the Orioles continue to operate without benefit of owning a spring-training camp.

The Frank Wren firing by the Orioles was first reported (and it should be credited) to the always reliable Phil Wood on WTEM. Irv Heller, who beat out Art Donovan for first-team New England in 1949, is remembered fondly by Stanley Mazer, former Baltimore city official, from the days when Mazer played at Brandeis and Heller was his line coach.

The grass, it's said, always looks greener on another football field, but Art Modell's grass in Baltimore isn't as green as Al Lerner's in Cleveland.

With all the talk that Shoeless Joe Jackson be placed in the Hall of Fame, let's not forget he took a $5,000 bribe and signed a confession as a conspirator in the 1919 Black Sox scandal. It's erroneous to say a quarterback in Cleveland must throw bullets because of wind conditions, a point contradicted historically by the fact Otto Graham (remember him?) threw the softest of passes and won 10 straight titles.

Buddy Ey, Baltimore's foremost boxing historian, believes Billy Conn would have been the best of the light heavyweights had he not moved to the heavyweight bracket, where purses were more inviting, but our choice as the top light heavy is Archie Moore.

If George Bush could become president, how come Steve Greenberg, son of the Hall of Famer, could not at least have been appointed commissioner of baseball when he, too, had been a captain and first baseman at Yale?

International League Oriole graduate Cliff Melton, the first rookie pitcher to win 20 games in the National League, from dear old Black Mountain, N.C., liked to play the guitar, so teammates fittingly called him "Mountain Music."

You're getting to be a "young old-timer" if you remember Babe Ruth hitting six straight home runs in as many at-bats when the 1919 Boston Red Sox played the Orioles in two exhibitions at old Oriole Park.

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