Modestly, Ripken boots `Rippers' from the field

April 02, 2000|By John Steadman

NOTEworthy Day:

There was a move to incorporate the Ripken name, such as Rips or Rippers, in the title of the new Aberdeen baseball club of the Atlantic League, but Cal Jr. made it known the team should stand by its selection, the Arsenal, a most unselfish gesture on his part. Stadium authority officials have invited a proposal from Lutherville sculptor Fred Kail about creating a statue of John Unitas for Camden Yards similar to the model he produced for him at the University of Louisville. Take Vince Bagli's word for it, and we do, that the four-touchdown performance Johnny LeBrou put on for Calvert Hall against Loyola in 1942 was the greatest running performance in this city. The Orioles might not remember, but Sterling Hitchcock once said pitching in Camden Yards was the same as in a Little League park.

Don't look for it on a billboard, but there must have been an element of satisfaction for John Moag and Ron Shapiro when they delivered Steve Bisciotti as a future owner of the Ravens, thus blocking out Peter Angelos from getting in on the action. Baltimorean Carol Mann, now living in Houston and a member of the LPGA Hall of Fame, had a role in developing the new line of metal woods by Adams Golf for women's players. Much-respected Bob Brown, the best public relations director the Orioles ever had while giving 40 years of professional service to the club, will soon be moving with his family to Florida, so it would elate the media if the ballpark press box was named in his honor, and the club ought to be ashamed not to do it.

Scout at large Earl Brannan is the best-informed of all Baltimore-area baseball scouts when it comes to tracking high school prospects. One of the finest baseball writers and gentlemen of yesteryear, Til Ferdenzi of the old New York Journal American, died at 85. Former Colt Jim Mutscheller headed for a reunion of the Beaver Valley (Pa.) Hall of Fame, which also includes such names as Cal Hubbard, Vito "Babe" Parilli, Mike Ditka, Joe Namath, Tony Dorsett, Barney Cable, "Pistol" Pete Maravich, Pete Sudar, Tito Francona and Joe Lonnett.

London bookmakers have reduced odds from 200-1 to 80-1 on Tiger Woods winning all four major golf titles this year. The Orioles are preparing to build a new baseball academy in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, hopeful of rivaling the Blue Jays, Dodgers and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp by offering local players a first-rate facility, via instruction from John Angelos. How a bad start portends the Hall of Fame: Tom Landry was 0-11-1 his first year, Chuck Noll 1-13. Baseball Digest, picking the Orioles fourth in the division, says the team "represents a poor testament to the spending of owner Peter Angelos' money." Once again, a non-baseball personality, a guitar picker named Garth Brooks, working out in the Mets' camp, stayed around long after the players left the park to sign autographs; a delight to have him as a guest, said club officials.

Before packing off on his annual Florida retreat, Frank Cashen took a 9-wood and -- just like that -- stroked a hole in one on the 16th at Talbot CC, his first perfect shot since he started playing golf at Mount St. Joseph High School in 1943. Baltimoreans Rick Farrell and Kevin Lynch, owners of Waste Away Services, are making a career business of cleaning baseball parks, drawing praise from Atlantic League teams in Newark and Somerset, N.J., and Bridgeport, Conn. A third generation of Gaudreaus is headed to Notre Dame and will play lacrosse, the latest being Kristin Gaudreau, a St. Mary's of Annapolis standout, which brings smiles to grandfather Bill, a former Notre Dame football player and head of the Baltimore-owned family architectural firm.

Heard from two survivors of the 1932 North-South All-Star football game (the blizzard bowl) played in Baltimore, and Casper Sigelman, 84, says he and brother Frank, a year older, were there and still remember the penetrating cold, plus the intensity of the snow. The Susquehanna Baseball League, one of the best of area semipro circuits, honored Eddie Drost for his contributions to sports as a player and official. John Schuerholz, eminently successful general manager of the Atlanta Braves, contributed $250,000 to his alma mater, Towson University, for renovation of its baseball stadium, where he played the game for four varsity years, and -- appropriately -- the field will be named after him.

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