Orioles go back to work


O'S ZONE: It's back to the business of baseball for th Orioles who begin their 37th spring training session tomorrow at their training complex in Sarasota, Fla. In the off-season, O's pitcher Ben McDonald bought some land in Mississippi and spent most of the winter hunting there. The O's latest No. 1 draft pick, pitcher Mike Mussina, spent his winter finishing up his degree in economics from Stanford University, which he did in a rather speedy 3 1/2 years. (His on-the-mound colleague, Jeff Ballard, graduated from Stanford with a degree in geophysics!) And finally, Orioles outfielder Mike Devereaux made a great catch when he married pretty Cherrie Abella at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York last November.

SPEAKING OF SPORTS, how would you like to come and chat with members of the greatest team ever assembled -- the Baltimore Colts -- and help a worthwhile charity at the same time? Well, if you attend the Baltimore Colts Dejavu Party on March 3 at the Valley Country Club, not only will you get the chance to meet such familiar names as Andy Nelson, Jim Parker, Lenny Moore, Art Donovan, Jim Mutscheller, Buzz Nutter, Sisto Averno and others, but you'll be helping to fund Baltimore's Sister Cities Program. In addition to appearances by the players, movie clips of the 1958-59 championship game will be shown. No more than 200 tickets, at $30 each, will be sold to this affair. Call 825-7110.

A STAGED EVENT: The Friday night dedication of the Head Theater at Center Stage, located on the fourth floor of the North CalvertStreet building, concluded a week of celebratory evenings. Tuesday night, guests who were involved in the construction of the new theater were on hand, including architects Craig Hoopes, Steve Ziger and Jamie Snead and contractors Henry Lewis and Tom McCracken. Wednesday night, AT&T; -- which produced the play currently running there, "The Heliotrope Bouquet," in association with Center Stage -- hosted a dinner for its employees and clients. Although sporting magnate and contributor Howard Head was unable to attend Friday's black-tie dedication ceremony and party, his lovely wife Marty charmed all. Others on hand included Esther and Richard Pearlstone; Joseph and Judy Langmead; Katharine Gust (Board of Trustee's president) and husband Bill; Louis and Peggy Thalheimer, Constance Caplan and Gordon Becker.

QUICK STUFF: - Cumberland actor Mark Baker is featured in a leading role as Otto Kringelein in Tommy Tune's "Grand Hotel, The Musical," which opens tonight at the Morris Mechanic Theatre.

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