Things a sportswriter hopes will happen . . . here and in other places:
* That Eli Jacobs takes down the "for sale" sign, calls off plans to sell and eventually decides to retain ownership of the Baltimore Orioles.
* That the new Caves Valley Golf Club be given a chance to host a Walker Cup, followed by the 1999 U.S. Open -- which would mark the 100th anniversary of when this grandest of all classics was played at the Baltimore Country Club's old in-town course.
* That Ernie Harwell, whose wife and family enjoy Baltimore, plus the fact he's one of the best in the history of baseball broadcasting, is added to the Orioles' announcing team for next year along with that old guitar picker/country singer Jim West.
* That Baltimore be awarded a National Football League expansion franchise and the new football stadium named for Claude "Buddy" Young, a man who gave much of himself to further the cause of humanity and, additionally, was the first Baltimore Colt to have his jersey retired (which, incidentally, he gave to us).
* That umpire Steve Palermo, who was gunned down after coming to the assistance of two women in a Dallas robbery attempt, be able to regain enough mobility to lead a normal life and possibly return to work.
* That Memorial Stadium will be preserved as a monument to the dead of all wars and the property around it developed for an all-purpose recreation center, featuring tennis, bocce and basketball courts, golf driving ranges, roller skating and ice skating rinks, jogging and walking tracks, etc.
* That the New York Giants repeat as Super Bowl champions because George Young, the architect of it all, is general manager.
* That Ned Hanlon, the most innovative of all Orioles managers, be elected to the Hall of Fame, followed, subsequently, by Leo Durocher and Earl Weaver.
* That more professional athletes find a way to stay out of jail.
* That Pam Shriver puts her injuries in the past and reaches back for something extra, one more time, to win the U.S. Open and assure herself of tennis' comeback player of the year.
* That Timonium's meet in September sets an attendance and betting record to help prove there's always going to be a place in Maryland for half-mile thoroughbred racing.
* That the Naval Academy give Baltimore the chance to host the 1994 Navy-Army football game, which would be 50 years from the time it was last played here.
* That Tina Barrett arrange for her Baltimore admirers the chance to see her play a golf exhibition at either of her home courses, Sparrows Point C.C. or Rocky Point.
* That Glenn Davis is able to return to the lineup for no other reason, aside from his health, than to prove Orioles general manager Roland Hemond did not make a bad deal.
* That Orioles officials note the decided improvement in the team's overall play by rewarding performance via extending the contract of manager John Oates.
* That the four-mile swim across Chesapeake Bay is too good of an idea, with proper safety measures, not to be continued on an annual basis.
* That Gene Corrigan, commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, be given the credit he deserves for putting together the pact between four different bowl games that may resolve the national football championship by determining what team is No. 1.
* That the sports world at-large comes to realize Cal Ripken Jr. is a much friendlier and more cooperative individual than Lou Gehrig (not Gary Cooper) ever thought of being.
* That some tribute be paid to the Orioles of the International League, such as Bob Latshaw, Kenny Braun, Gordon Mueller, Elmer Burkart, Ray Flanigan, Ted Sepkowski, Red Embree, Russ Niller, Johnny Wittig and others, before the old stadium shuts down in October.
* That the Orioles permit Jim Elliott, a retired Morning Sun sportswriter, to do his thing -- lending his golden voice and excellent phrasing to singing the national anthem before an upcoming game that will no doubt put some professional troubadours to shame.
* That Baltimore realize the two best pressure hitters in the history of the Orioles franchise have been Gene Woodling and Eddie Murray.