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NOTEworthy Day:

It would certainly bring Baltimore and Washington closer together, and intensify what is a one-way rivalry, at least in a sporting way, if Peter Angelos buys the Redskins. He pegs such talk as unfounded rumor but adds, "If the opportunity arose, who knows?"

Another Angelos development, which he says is true but not yet a done deal, has him entering into partnership with Cal Ripken in the new restaurant to be built alongside Camden Station. This afternoon at Baltimore Country Club, Lovey and George Young (now the NFL's assistant to the commissioner on football matters) will hold a party for friends to let them know how much they mean to them, but the premise ought to be the other way around. If John Schuerholz, general manager of the Atlanta Braves, hadn't written then-Orioles GM Frank Cashen a letter of application to join the scouting department, he might still be teaching in the Baltimore County school system. John Unitas was invited to bring son Chad, a golfer at Greensboro College, to Dallas for three days of work with Lee Trevino, who was impressed with the natural ability the youngster brought with him.

Baltimoreans Lou Hammond and Michael Davidson received the ultimate honor, induction into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio -- Hammond as a game official for 25 years and Davidson for playing 17 years for the Brooklyn Broncos, Hazelton Mustangs and Harford County Big Red. Purdue University is distributing an impressive collector's card in tribute to former Baltimore Bullet Paul Hoffman, a three year All-America basketball selection and its only four-time first team All-Big Ten performer. Severna Park High graduate Michael Saperstein, former wrestler and football player, made the dean's list at Notre Dame, where he also conducts a sports show on the campus radio station. Luther Starnes is talking with Ron Waller, now living in Seaford, Del., about a book on his football career at Maryland and the Los Angeles Rams. Edwin Crowder, once an assistant to Gary Player in Johannesburg, South Africa, is

supervising the Easton Club's golf academy under head pro Michael Kohn. Kirk Maggio, an All-American punter at UCLA after playing at Calvert Hall, has been commissioned to produce the artwork for team owner Art Modell's luxury box at the Ravens' stadium.

Bill Shusta, an alumnus of Mount St. Joseph and Maryland, is gaining national attention as a sports announcer for Philadelphia's KYW. Kevin Ibach, son of Bob, the former Evening Sun sportswriter who now lives in Prospect Heights, Ill., had an outstanding season playing second base for La Salle College. Paul Gildersleeve retired after 12 years as superintendent of Queen Anne's County's Blue Heron golf course, turning duties over to Phil Starkey, a former assistant. Harry Olszewski, a Poly grad who made the All-America football team at Clemson in 1968 and later joined the San Diego Chargers, was memorialized at a service last month in Abington after dying suddenly in Fort Lauderdale.

A reminder from Harvey Kasoff that the NBA championship series has an old Baltimore Bullets connection in that Bulls general manager Jerry Krause once scouted for the Bullets and Jerry Sloan, coach of the Utah Jazz, was drafted by them in 1965. Considering what it does with the 500, no city handles crowds for a major sports event better than Indianapolis, where 400,000 come to thrill to the sound and fury of one of America's most awesome spectacles. The Ripken Museum in Aberdeen continues to attract crowds; ditto the Eastern Shore Baseball Museum at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, where the Shorebirds play. Little-known fact: The only athlete in the world to have an ice-breaking ship named after him is ex-Colt Alex Sandusky, who had a Chesapeake Bay craft christened in his honor, the A.V. Sandusky, berthed at Matapeake. One man's opinion: George Mikan, voted the greatest player of basketball's first 50 years, would have trouble playing today.

Talk about loyalty to a cause: Dave Howell, who lives in Annandale, Va., and never actually saw the International League Orioles, has verified the names of every player in the almost 50-year history of the old franchise. Wilma Eckman, widow of Charley, and daughter Linda Watts and her husband are enjoying the good life in dear old Mooresville, N.C., where memory tells us they had a left-field fence you could spit over and where Hall of Fame pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm won 51 games in three years before moving out of a Class D league. Retired scout Jim Russo, who contributed much to the success of the Orioles when they were winning pennants and signed Davey Johnson as a bonus player, offers this observation on the erstwhile manager: "He's hard-headed, can antagonize people, but is mentally tough and has the courage of his convictions." And it was the same Russo who recommended Ray Miller for his first job as a pitching coach in the Orioles' system. If Mel Kiper Jr. is ever tempted to leave the football talent scouting business, he says it would be as an adviser to management -- the kind of jobs that aren't exactly available every day. Submarine-style pitchers don't have the arm trouble that others seem to suffer, pointing up what Dr. George Bennett always believed.

Hopefully, Tiger Woods' back problems aren't the precursor of things to come, meaning that unforeseen injuries could be the only thing to prevent him from achieving his full professional potential. The Orioles have had some outstanding hitting/fielding first basemen, notably Eddie Waitkus, Jim Gentile, Boog Powell, Eddie Murray and Rafael Palmeiro. It's still the intention of the Orioles to buy a plane for team travel. Now that it's June, more home runs at Camden Yards will be going to right-center field because the wind begins coming out of the southwest. You're getting to be a real old, old, old-timer if you remember when Robert Emmet Odlum, a Baltimore daredevil, killed himself jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge in 1885, which was hardly yesterday.

Pub Date: 6/07/98

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