Dear Mr. Baseball:
I hit very well, have a very good glove and want to play for the Orioles. Are they holding any tryouts?
Dear Richard Estes:
At last glance, the Orioles had openings for a catcher who might hit .200, a second baseman who turns the double play, a middle reliever who throws his curveball for a strike, a closer whose fastball registers on the speed gun and very possibly a general manager who knows Ron Gant's home phone number. If you fit any of these descriptions, step forward.
You might want to attend one of four tryout camps scheduled in the area. They are: Saturday, Wilson Field, New Castle, Del.; July 1, Prince George's County Stadium, Bowie; July 8, Ocean City Recreation Complex, Ocean City; July 15, Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
All camps are on Saturdays and begin at 9 a.m.
Dear Mr. Baseball:
I was in Memorial Stadium in the left-field bleachers with six or so Cub Scouts when Frank Robinson hit that ball out of the stadium in 1966 against Cleveland. (We were eight rows from the top). I am looking for a tape showing the bleachers that day when the ball went out. Please help!
Donald J. Wienhold
Dear Donald J. Wienhold:
It goes without saying that Mr. Baseball cannot assist you, thus extending his streak of unresponsive answers to reader questions to 2,039. Not that you asked, but the record for consecutive worthless replies in a newspaper-advice column is 2,131, held jointly by Ann Landers and "Hints from Heloise."
In fairness, Mr. Baseball gave your question his best bolt, even phoning the ranking authority on Orioles film, former team official Charles Steinberg. Charles, who is now with the San Diego Padres, says the Orioles tried -- and failed -- to locate film of Robinson's historic home run when they were producing a Memorial Stadium highlights tape.
The game with Frank's long homer isn't the only one missing. The Orioles' film archives is a hit-and-miss proposition from the mid-1960s through the 1970s.