Devine healing powers - general manager Bing Devine's, that is - prevailed yesterday and the two-day suspension of the Mad Hungarian of the Bullpen, St. Louis southpaw Al Hrabosky, was over.
"We've come to an understanding," said Hrabosky regarding Cardinal manager Vern Rapp, who docked him Saturday for refusing to see him for a pregame meeting. "There's no prerequisite that we have to like each other. I think, though, deep down we do like and respect each other. He has a job to do and I have a job to do, and we're both going to go out and do it."Neither Rapp nor Hrabosky would say after a one-hour meeting with Devine, and Hrabosky's lawyer, that anything other than "lack of communication" brought on the suspension for "insubordination."
The world evidently has heard all the juicy parts it's going to hear out of the Johnny Bench divorce. A hearing in Cincinnati's Hamilton County Domestic Court scheduled today has been postponed, and a courthouse official said Bench and estranged spouse Vickie Chesser had compromised differences, thus averting a public legal fight . . .
The Los Angeles Strings broke a 10-match World Team Tennis losing streak Friday night, and now maybe we know why: Rosie Casals got all tigered up and won both her singles and doubles matches against the New York Apples, maybe because she was still spittin' mad over a fracas at San Francisco International Airport that afternoon. The airport police account surfaced yesterday, relating the Casals and former tennis pro Shari Barman, her housemate in Sausalito, Calif arrived to catch their flight to L.A., parked, and a car pulling out brushed the fender of Rosie's auto. The report says Casals, 28, jumped out, pullde the other motorist, Glen Wolffe, 30, out of his car and began punching and scratching at him. An airport security officer, Bernard Sullivan, approached to break it up, only to have Barman, 28, jump him from behind.
Four hours a couple of assault charges and $1,000 bail later, posted by Casals for Barman, the tennis star hastened to the airport again just in time to make the WTT match in Los Angeles. . .
A far worse accident occurred at Lake Liberty northeast of Houston, and authorities strove yesterday to ascertain why Oiler quarterack Dan Pastorini's racing speedboat lost power at 120 m.p.h. and ripped into a crowd, killing a girl, 13, and injuring a half dozen others among the 4,000 spectators.
Pastorini was competin g solo in a quarter-mile drag race when tragedy struck, the steering mechanism failing and the boat traveling about 100 feet on the ground and hitting three vehicles before halting. The football player was "pretty well shaken up" but otherwise unhurt.
Former Oiler Ken Houston, who has made himself at home here with his solid citizenship and all-pro safetying, yesterday was appointed cocaptain of the Redskins. "He has been a leader without a title," coach George Allen said (amen). "He will make an excellent captain." Just like the other five cocaptains - Len Hauss, Charley Taylor, Diron Talbert, Chris Hanburger and Rusty Tillman. . .