Mike Morgan pitched for the Orioles eight seasons ago, but his TV set is still in Timonium. Since 1988, when Morgan last wore the Baltimore uniform, he's played for the Dodgers, the Cubs and the Cardinals. But his 25-inch Sharp television console is still in a house he owns and rents in Timonium. Now the house is up for sale, and the TV is up for grabs. Bonnie Levitt, president of Intro Relocation, is handling some of Morgan's affairs. "He told me I could have the TV, but I don't want it," Levitt says. "It's huge, like a piece of furniture, and it's in perfect condition." Levitt would like to see the TV go to a shelter for homeless women. Or, Levitt says, she'll take the best offer on the tube and give the cash to charity. Is it autographed? I dunno. Call Bonnie Levitt at 356-5630.
File this under "intergenerational communications." Pal-o-mine in Columbia swam a few laps the other day and, sans shirt, stopped at Owen Brown Village Center to return a video. "As I entered the video store," he says, "I heard a slight tittering from behind the counter, where a small group of teens were gathered. One boy, cigarette in hand, shouted, 'Wear a shirt!' I took it as a reference to my middle-aged flab. Unwilling to let that go by, I said, 'Thanks' to the punk, who was obviously trying to impress hTC his female companions. Then, turning away, I realized he had given me the chance to say something I've always wanted to say to every teen-age smoker I'd ever seen: 'Don't smoke!' To which he replied, 'Thanks.' "
By action, not words
"I believe the mayor will follow through," Kweisi Mfume was saying on the phone from Washington yesterday. "I had a long talk with him [Wednesday], and I believe we will see a healing coming from the leadership of this city that goes beyond rhetoric, beyond a mere word on a piece of paper." The West Baltimore congressman, who endorsed Kurt Schmoke's third term at the 11th hour last weekend, was among those reacting yesterday to the mayor's statements about the need to heal wounds after an election that singed the city's racial nerves. I hope Mfume's right. I hope the mayor sticks to his word. On the way to victory this time, his campaign did more damage than he knows -- especially among the three-out-of-10 white voters who had supported him in previous elections. "The mayor needs to reach out and embrace the entire community," Mfume said. "He can pull all the communities in and make them part of the city's future. This moment is pregnant with opportunity; there's a great deal of looking and wondering right now. The mayor needs to say, 'Look, it's over. We gotta get over it. And I want to hear from you.' There's no way this city can move into the next century divided against itself. . . . I don't see how one community can govern without the other." Mfume is correct, of course. But is Kurt Schmoke genuine about healing -- by action, not words? We'll all be watching, and hoping.
"The question now is," said another political leader and Schmoke supporter in West Baltimore, "what the mayor will do about his liabilities." He was referring to the mayor's less-than-effective (in some cases, controversial) subordinates, as well as the troubling connection between City Hall and Shapiro & Olander, the law office of the mayor's campaign director and treasurer. Schmoke has been urged to rethink, reshape, even end some of those relationships -- and not just by editorial writers at The Sun. His supporters have sounded warnings. But will he heed them? We'll all be watching.
A promotion for the Sept. 22-24 horse trials at Fair Hill says: "Massage benefits seminar -- find out how massage therapy can benefit you and your horse. Free massages." And when you and your stallion hit the hot tub, that's when the fun really begins!
Remember the Sykesville carpenter who snatched Cal's home run ball in the sixth inning of game 2,130? He still has it, still hasn't given it up. Come on, man. . . . Cal, meanwhile, continues to inspire. A woman who signed up for the 5K Race For The Cure (to benefit breast cancer research) requested the number "2131" and will be wearing it when she runs with about 6,000 other participants in the Oct. 7 event. Chris Godack of the race committee says 8 and 2130 are still available. (Call 433-RACE.) . . . I know guys who were bummed to see the great Joe DiMaggio on the QVC Network pushing grossly overpriced baseball memorabilia. I hope we never see Cal, though QVC is pushing Cal collectibles like crazy. The other night, you could phone in an order for a Cal-Lou Gehrig print, Cal-signed baseballs, silver baseball cards and T-shirts. Last Thursday's Evening Sun, featuring Cal on the front page, sold for $50 -- 100 times the newsstand price. Ira Rainess, who operates the Tufton Group, licensing agent for Cal souvenirs, was on the show for 45 minutes, though it wasn't something he'll be bragging about. He seemed embarrassed when I called him yesterday. Rainess did QVC, he explained, only as a favor to the New Jersey company that produces and sells Cal-authorized products. "TV marketing has now become a mainstream form of purchasing," Rainess said. "Our licensee asked me to go on the show. Their product has been overlooked in a market filled with counterfeit and unlicensed merchandise." Including a Cal thumbprint.