Elsewhere in this favored land, baseball rolls merrily along: Mrs. Larry parachini Jr. of Silver Spring has won a bundle, the majors already have firmed up 1978 schedules - based on 1977 alignment - and the managerial pot boils with Gene Mauch, hand Aaron and Yogi Berra among the names tossing and turning therein.
Mrs. Parachine, visiting Cooperstown with her husband the other day, was tagged No. 5 million through the Hall of Fame turnstiles and won a lifetime pass to the Baseball Museum, a year's Sporting News subscription, a baseball autographed by many Hall of Famers - and two tickets to the home opener. Transferable to RFK Stadium in event of a miracle?
The report from the West Coast is that Gene Autry tried to entice Gene Mauch away from the Twins to manage his Angels. Cal Griffith. Minnesota owner gave permission for Autry-Mauch consultation, then changed his mind. Said Autry, "he called me back . . . felt he couldn't afford to let Mauch who has a year left on his contract go."
In Atlanta, the Braves' general manager, Bill Lucas, is "taking applications, compliting a list, getting a good, complete overview" of candidates for field manager, with Lucas' front-office associate, Hank Aaron, standing by. If owner Ted Turner asked him. Aaron said, he would accept the managership; "as fond as I am of Ted, if he wants me to to do the job. I'll do the best I can. I'd do it because of the love and respect I have for him." Any Berra, put into the picture by the New York media instantly upon Dave Bristol's firing Monday, says, "I'm always willing to listen . . . I might want to manage again."
Illinois has been coming on strong in Big 10 football since promoting former H.D. Woodson High All-Met Carooq Taylor in the starting defensive lineup as "warrior" three [WORD ILLEGIBLE], he's making 'em remember another Washington Illini, Lonnie Perrin, now starting at running back for unbeaten Denver in the NFL. What they like to forget at Champaign is the" slush fund scandal of 1967 that sent the athletic program into eclipse. Which we are reminded of with the death of Mel Brewer, 59, of cancer. Disclosures by Mr. Brewer, lately director of service enterprises at Southern Illinois, touched off the upheaval.
At the time serving on the athletic staff at Illinois, he revealed confidential records showing two funds containing $21.000 were maintained in the Illinois athletic department to make illegal payments, $15 to $50 a month, to athletes. Thirteen were suspenede from competition and football coach Pete Elliott and basketball coach Harry Combes were placed on probation. Mr. Brewer, who played halfback on coach Bob Zuppke's 1939 starring Tom Harmon, was accused of breaking the scandal in wrath over not being promoted to athletic director. He denied the charge . . .
Finally a sellout for the Baltimore Colts and a dial-flipper's paradise in the 4 p.m. slot Sunday: on WRC-TV-4. Broncos Raiders . . . Preceding that, hold on to your hats: Sonny Jurgensen joins Don Criqui in the RFK booth to analyze Redskins Eagles for CBS-TV (Channel 9). Will Chris Hanburger, if not activated, be on the sideline for moral support, as Jurgy wondered aloud on the 6 o'clock news why he wasn't while his buddies were flopping for the Guants? Meanwhile, in Steve Harvey's "The Bottom 10" ranking carried in the 1, A Times these several years, the Redskins have moved up to No. 8: or, in other words, the worst 3.3 team in the league . . .
That's no fault of Hanburger's replacement, Mike Curtis, who in ongoing Baltimore-area fan balloting for a silver-anniversary All-Colt team, is a decisive leader at linebacker over runners-up Ted Hendricks and Bill Pellington . . . Or of special-teams masher Dallas Hickman, whose dad, Darrell Hickman of Alameda, Calif., has written The Washington Post about placing an ad in the sports section. Let's give him a free one, after reading from his letter, "During football season, I spend Sundays in total frustration only able to pick up an occasional in-progress Redskin game score . . . unable to enjoy full-game TV coverage. I own a Betamax recorder with two-hour capacity which enables me to tape Redskins games (but they) are only occasionally broadcast in this area. Perhaps someone . . . knows of a person in the Washington area, also owning a Betamax recorder . . . who would be willing to record Redskins games and send me the tapes." Call Hickman at 415 - 523.7023 evenings or weekends . . .
Maryland's Homecoming vs. Duke brought Bernie Faloney, acc QB of the early '50s Terps, to Byrd Stadium for the first time since 1955 and his first reunion with such as Jack Scarbath, another outstanding of that era. Faloney, who played a dozen years of Canadian football, now heavy-equipment business and raising houses on his 100-acre farm - Maryland Manor . . .
Mickery Rivers has changed his mind about being traded by the Yankees, but the fleet center fielder has hired player agent Nick Buoniconti, the former Miami Dolphin linebacker, in hopes of renegotiating his contract - two years left - with the world champs. Buoniconti (who's he?) said Rivers admitted he was "naive" in negotiating for himself a year ago . . . Outfielder Jose Cardenal's parting shot at Chicago after the Cubs traded him to the Phillies was that he was "treated like a dog" by the Cubs this year. Retorted GM Bob Kennedy: "At $315,000, he wasn't doing badly, was he? He came in with his lawyer and wanted to be traded. In fact, he said one team he wouldn't mind going to was the Phillies, so we accommodated him."