Expansion Rockies Dalton's next mountain to climb?

Reports are circulating that Harry Dalton, who came through the ranks of the Baltimore Orioles to become its personnel director and showed the club how to succeed, may be leaving the Milwaukee Brewers for the general managership of the new NL club, the Colorado Rockies.

And another former Orioles executive, Frank Cashen, says next year he'll exit the New York Mets for the peace and tranquility of retirement, spending time between Maryland, Florida and Ireland, the country of his parents . . . We've always looked on Jimmy Connors as a "Pete Rose with a tennis racket," plus the facial resemblance, competitive traits and, of course, similar mentality . . . Sports Illustrated is preparing a feature on Jerry Richardson, a former Baltimore Colt and man of wealth, who is leading the Charlotte (N.C.) charge for an NFL expansion franchise.


Applause for Pittsburgh in considering naming a new baseball park after Roberto Clemente and Cincinnati wanting to change Riverfront Stadium to Paul Brown Stadium, which would be most appropriate . . . A TV special is forthcoming on legendary Orioles farmhand Steve Dalkowski, one of the hardest throwers in history . . . George Jackovics, host professional and director, on Saturday will unveil designs of the forthcoming Wal

den Golf Club, which is being built on part of the one-time Johns Hopkins estate off Maryland Route 3.


Plans moving along, too, for Anne Arundel County to build a public course near Fort Smallwood and golfers also are hoping some of the surplus land at Fort Meade will be used for another layout . . . Baltimore-area sports lost one of its most effective and respected officials with the death of Tommy Armstrong, who represented a mountain of integrity to his contemporaries . . . A thousand dollars has been awarded by Colt Corral officials Norm Anderson and Ed Peterson, as a result of their annual oyster/bull roast, to assist ex-Colt Joe Ehrmann in his ministerial work with Baltimore youth.

John Bridgers, one-time Johns Hopkins University coach, who went on to a long tenure at Baylor and then hired Bobby Bowden when he was the AD at Florida State, is in the process

of writing a book with a different yet positive theme -- what's good about college football . . . Cal Ripken Jr. is a more popular figure with Orioles teammates than Lou Gehrig was able to enjoy during his spectacular New York Yankee years.

Former Baltimore Clippers trainer Ray "Gump" Embro, who also was a part-time goalie (one game in the American Hockey League), is piling up sales records working for Harvey Kasoff's Key Wine & Liquor Co. . . . Ex-Colt Alex Hawkins has joined the "Hip Replacement Club" . . . Timonium general manager Max Mosner is encouraged by the cooperation he received from horsemen after they realized their support had to be forthcoming or half-mile racing in Maryland would become extinct.

If you're in Easton, Pa., you may want to visit "Fat Jack's", where the owner is onetime Oriole Jack Fisher . . . Listening to Chuck Thompson talk about the first Orioles hero he covered, Howie Moss in 1949, recalls the disturbing thought that when Moss died, last year, only 29 showed up to pay final respects at the service . . . Chicago Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston throws the ball with such velocity he's going to knock down the first baseman; Orioles' Cal Ripken takes pressure off his arm by giving it what he calls the "Graig Nettles' flip" on

routine plays.

American League players are saying they aren't surprised that the fences in right and leftfield at Memorial Stadium read 309 feet, but, in truth, are 303 . . . What could Boston College have been thinking of in compiling its current football schedule that includes Michigan, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Louisville, Pitt, Syracuse and Miami? . . . Early NFL surprise is the Phoenix Cardinals, coming out of the gate with two straight wins despite loss of quarterback Timm Rosenbach.

Amateur sports, even major events, rarely receive the attention they deserve, as witness the way so much of the media all but neglected America's golf victory in the Walker Cup . . . Walter Youse, a veteran scout of the Milwaukee Brewers, who lives in Sykesville, is contemplating retiring as manager of the Johnny's amateur club, but friends are telling him to keep on keeping on . . . Orioles president Larry Lucchino and Ted Venetoulis, the former Baltimore County chief executive, plan an announcement soon on the launching of a new sports publication, "The 33rd Street Gazette" . . . You're getting to be a "young old-timer" if you remember the Baltimore Bluebirds and Washington


Presidents of the professional Dixie Football League.