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Pitching coach will change, but it won't be Dobson


Memorial Stadium was buzzing last night with rumors that Pat Dobson, who resigned yesterday as pitching coach at Kansas City, will be coming to Baltimore next year as pitching coach for the Orioles. He'd replace Al Jackson.

It made some sense. Dobson was here just last Friday night tbe honored as one of four 20-game winners the O's had in 1971 along with Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally.

Never mind, though.

Those close to Orioles manager John Oates -- and he is sayinnothing on the subject -- are predicting that Dick Bosman, now with Rochester, will be the Orioles pitching coach next year.

* The late Orioles vice president Jack Dunn III used to hit a 5-iropretty well so he figured out an ingenious way to help his golf game. He had Hillerich & Bradsby, the Louisville company that manufactures baseball and golf equipment, make him a set of irons with the number 5 on every club. His son, Jack IV, who plays at Five Farms, still has the set.

* Payne Stewart, the PGA Tour golfer who wears all thosNational Football League outfits, doesn't do that just because he likes pro football. An agent tells me Stewart gets $250,000 a year from NFL Properties.

* The high school football season gets going in earnest this weeand the coaches I've talked with say coach Augie Waibel's Poly team, defending MSA co-champ with Gilman, is once again the favorite.

Coach Joe Brune's Loyola High club is loaded. Calvert Hall iimproved. Forest Park is good. McDonogh, which had a lot of improving to do, has done some under Mike Working. Sherm Bristow's Gilman team has graduated too many people to be a contender this year.

* Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger -- and, hey, you have tbe around College Park to appreciate how this man has turned around the athletic program -- liked everything about the Terps' opening football win with one exception: Virginia, he said, should be Maryland's last opponent of the year, not its first.

Said Geiger: "One of the things you do when you build program is develop a traditional rivalry with a team you can end your season with. We used to close with Virginia, but they have a rivalry with Virginia Tech and they finish with them now. We're going to get Virginia back for our last game, though."

* I never thought I'd say anything nice about Jimmy Connorsbehavior. I was around him a lot when he played for the Baltimore Banners and when he competed in indoor tournaments here and in Salisbury every winter. He was an obnoxious brat.

Jimmy and I flew to New York one day for a World Team Tennifunction and were seatmates on the plane. At takeoff in Baltimore, he was reading a magazine and three times refused the stewardess' order to fasten his seatbelt. She finally had to reach down and struggle and do it for him as the plane taxied down the runway.

"Why didn't you fasten your seatbelt when she asked you to?" asked almost in disbelief. Announced Connors proudly: "I never do it their way." At 39, he hasn't changed a whole lot but he was gracious in defeat at the U.S. Open. For him that's quite an improvement. I just feel sorry for Stefan Edberg that the Connors show, more theater than sport, made the men's championship match so anticlimactic.

* To show how much confidence Johns Hopkins has in itsecond-year football coach, Jim Margraff, the Blue Jays have scheduled their opener for Friday the 13th. They play Lebanon Valley here Friday night.

* Long-range planning department: Baltimorean Bob Heaton itrying to contact people in this area who played for the Philadelphia Lacrosse Club between 1950 and 1975. They're planning a reunion at the Final Four at Penn next Memorial Day weekend. Call Heaton at 252-5313. The player whose name is synonymous with the Philadelphia L.C. from those days, goalie Phil Benedetti, died not long ago.

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