With bigger stadium capacity, Ravens can crowd out Colts marks


NOTEworthy Day:

With capacity crowds for Ravens games projected to top out at 64,000, it means the team will set individual and season attendance marks, surpassing anything the Colts were able to do during their 35-year stay in Memorial Stadium because the limit then was 62,000, which should make Art Modell so happy he may not even charge the fans a permanent seat license.

Such a fitting tribute that Washington College named its baseball field after longtime coach, athletic director and All-American human being Ed Athey, who has given so much of himself to the school and many of the good things that happen in Chestertown. . . . Young Baltimorean Phillip Bundy III is president of International Golf Organization, Inc., which means, among other things, he's involved in booking personal appearances for numerous players on the senior tour.

Manor Woods Elementary School students and faculty are elated over the selection of their principal, John Morningstar, as recipient of the Naismith Award for outstanding performances as one of the nation's premier game officials in women's college basketball. . . . Bill Tanton, retired sports editor of The Evening Sun, is off to an excellent start as senior associate editor of Lacrosse magazine, a publication of the Hall of Fame.

Like everything else Bob Brown touches, the yearbook he helped publish for the Delmarva Shorebirds is befitting a major-league team. . . . The only man we ever knew who pitched and won a doubleheader in professional baseball is Lou Grasmick, when he was with Terre Haute of the Three-I League against Davenport with two fellow Baltimore pitchers, Lou Sleater and George Thomas, there to witness the achievement.

Little-known fact: When Roy Campanella broke the color line with the Nashua Dodgers of the New England League in 1946, he caught Joe O'Neill, a first baseman turned pitcher who played at City College. . . . If the Ravens want the best football analyst in the country for their broadcasts, then all they need do is hire , who not only knows the game but also can talk it so a layman can comprehend. Significant, too, is that his dear old dad played for the Cleveland Browns and coached the Baltimore Colts.

Frank Laber, who heads the Longview Club operation for Baltimore County, has been selected a master professional by the PGA, only the fourth such Marylander to be so honored. . . . Villanova is immensely pleased with the running and classroom performances of freshman Krissy Jost, who graduated from Perry Hall High after getting valuable coaching from Billy Moore when she lived on the Eastern Shore. . . . Al Kubski, one of the most respected of Orioles scouts under Harry Dalton and Frank Cashen, is working for the Atlanta Braves but son Gil is covering northern California for the Orioles and drawing high praise. . . . Maryland's superb women's lacrosse team has won 33 in a row and counting. . . . Pro golf events raise the astonishing sum of $250,000,000 annually for the nation's charities.

Author Norman Macht, elated that the greatest of Orioles leaders, Ned Hanlon, is bound for the Hall of Fame, points out that seven of Hanlon's former players -- John McGraw, Wilbert Robinson, Connie Mack, Fielder Jones, Hughie Jennings, Miller Huggins and Kid Gleason -- won pennants when they became managers. . . . Orioles general manager Pat Gillick explained with proper reasoning why manager Davey Johnson inserted a pinch runner for Cal , who has given so much to the team during his career and, by his actions, has never indicated he wants to be regarded as any kind of a "Sacred Cal". . . . A feature documentary is planned on our boyhood hero, Hank Greenberg, and we'd love to provide writer-producer Aviva Kempner with a personal anecdote. . . . Danny Ferry came with a rush the last two months of the season to help the Cleveland Cavaliers make the playoffs.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, playing two years from now, will have the most innovative facility in all of sports -- natural grass with a retractable roof that will be opened at night when engineers say the outdoor heat, serving as a natural cap, will hold in the air-conditioning temperatures for the fans. . . . And if Alaska ever gets a stadium, will it be called, pray tell, the Nome Dome?

During the depression year of 1934, when dollars were hard to come by, the International League Orioles drew only 78,343 the entire season, and the world champion St. Louis Cardinals, with the colorful Gashouse Gang on the field, had a modest total of 334,863. . . . Every time we pass the athletic field at Calvert Hall, we think fondly of former NFL All-Pro Tom Scott, who paid for the football goal posts as a gift to his alma mater. . . . We've heard of a football team opening with a breather, but Maryland is doubling the pleasure this year by taking on Northern Illinois and Alabama-Birmingham in back-to-back home games.

The Ravens organization lists four former Orioles staffers in its front-office lineup -- Roy Sommerhof, who will direct ticket operations; David Cope, vice president of marketing and promotions; Anne Cashman, a Cope assistant; and Jenny Scott, an administrative aide in public relations. . . . Nicholas F. Brady of Easton and Ronald Townsend of Potomac are receiving congratulations for their performances while serving the Masters tournament staging committee. . . . It's no surprise, considering the quality of the man, that Bob Scott, who wrote the definitive book on lacrosse fundamentals while dominating the game as coach of Johns Hopkins, is volunteering at the junior-varsity level to help Perry Hall High School.

It was Connie Mack who said Irv Hall, who couldn't make the Poly baseball team but played four years in the big leagues, was one of the best clutch hitters he ever had. . . . Milton "Mike" Rifkin of Pikesville is justifiably annoyed over the cop-out letter the NCAA sent him while failing to explain why technical fouls are not always called when players hang on the rim.

Harvard lacrosse, paced by a mobile defenseman named John Browne, son of the NFL's communications director, had one of its best seasons since Baltimore's effervescent Bobby Pool was coaching there. . . . The owner of Wye River Golf on Route 50 is a South African PGA member, Ed Crowder, who was a protege of Gary Player and worked as his assistant. . . . If we owned a football team, our first hire would be Mel Kiper Jr.

When Jerry Krause worked for the Baltimore Bullets, he was ridiculed by sportswriters for thinking he knew it all -- but he does, which is why his decisions on personnel helped make the Chicago Bulls what they are today. . . . You're getting to be a "young old-timer" if you remember another football team named for a bird, the Baltimore Bluebirds of the Dixie League who once played at old Oriole Park.

Pub Date: 5/05/96

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