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As they cheer on John Junior's Braves, Schuerholz family eschews close games


Every parent's dream -- seeing a son or daughter reach the pinnacle of his or her profession -- is not always without its difficulties.

Baltimorean John Schuerholz Sr. knows that better than most.

His son, John Jr., is the general manager of the Atlanta Braves. Young John, who grew up here and played sports at City College and Towson State, is the architect of the Atlanta team that is in its second straight World Series.

"I like watching John's team in the Series," says John Sr., 75, who retired 10 years ago after 42 years in the accounting department at Bethlehem Steel. "But these close games are hard on my wife, Maryne.

"In fact, she has to leave the room sometimes because she can't stand to watch it. She says she only likes it when we're ahead, 6-1."

Maryne has been out of the room quite a bit in the past week -- when the Braves rallied in the ninth to win the seventh game of the playoff with the Pirates, and Sunday night when Atlanta gave up a pair of runs in the ninth and lost, 5-4.

"I'm thankful just to be in the World Series," says John Sr. "Just think how bad Mr. Leyland [Pirates manager Jim Leyland] feels not being in there.

"I think Atlanta's going to win the Series because their pitchers are pitching well."

As longtime Baltimoreans know, the Schuerholzes -- young John's dad, uncles, grandfather and cousins -- have been outstanding amateur athletes in baseball, soccer and basketball.

As a matter of fact, that's how John Jr. got into baseball. He asked the Orioles for a job 20 years ago when Frank Cashen was the O's general manager.

Said Cashen: "If you're a Schuerholz, you know sports. You're hired."

John Jr. started in the farm department here, went to Kansas City and became GM and two years ago switched to Atlanta. Besides building a pennant winner there, he has improved a farm system that now has some of the best Triple-A talent in baseball.

* If there's a more exciting running back in the state than Johns Hopkins' Hari Lymon, I haven't seen him.

Lymon, a freshman from City College, is one of those rare backs who can change direction in a flash. Every time he carries the ball, he looks like a threat to go all the way.

In six games, Lymon has carried 82 times for 451 yards, an average of 5.5 yards. The unbelievable thing about him is his size. Hopkins lists him at 140 pounds.

"Hari is 130 pounds soaking wet," says his former high school coach, George Petrides.

No one is enjoying Lymon's play more than his Hopkins coach, Jim Margraff.

"He's exciting," says Margraff. "In spite of his size, we handed him the ball 27 times in the Gettysburg game. No problem."

It was a problem only for Gettysburg. Lymon ran for 175 yards that night.

People sometimes wonder how good Lymon would be if he weighed 170.

At the Blue Jays' 30-8 win over Muhlenberg here last weekend, Hopkins grad Pat Mahoney said, "If he weighed 170, he wouldn't be at Hopkins. He'd be playing for Miami."

* Hopkins athletic director Bob Scott is so pleased with the turnouts for Friday night football games at Homewood that he has scheduled three more for next year. A lot of Division III schools have learned that Friday night is the way to go, what with Saturday afternoons offering the likes of Miami, Notre Dame, Boston College and Penn State on TV for free.

* College lacrosse doesn't kick up again until March, but you would not have thought that if you were at Princeton Sunday.

Ten teams -- including 1992 NCAA champion Princeton -- held an all-day lacrosse extravaganza that drew a good many spectators.

Hopkins, as an example, played five different teams in 46-minute games with running time (no clock stoppages). The Blue Jays lost to Princeton, 6-5, but beat Brown by the same score.

"It was a great day of fall lacrosse for all 10 schools," says Tony Seaman, who is coming up on his third year at Hopkins. "We left school by bus at 7 o'clock Sunday morning and got back at 11 o'clock that night. We played every player and we saw some things we liked."

What Seaman and his No. 1 assistant, John Haus, especially liked was the play of goalie John Banks, a transfer from Dartmouth; John Marcus, freshman goalie from Lynbrook, L.I.; and Milford Marchant, freshman midfielder from Severn School.

"Marchant is a really good player," says Seaman with a big smile.

Hopkins winds up fall lacrosse Saturday night against an alumni team that has 26 All-Americans.

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