Grich, Rudi, Baylor and Kingman.
Dave Kingman, the alleged slugger, will finish the 1977 baseball season as a California Angel and, if the Americans can sign him for 1978, what's another couple hundred grand out of Gene Autry's saddle bags?
Autry and Angel general manager Harry Dalton took Kingman off the San Diego Padres' hands yesterday for the $20,000 waiver price. Yes, he cleared the National League, where he made his marks in tape-measure clouts, in striking out (about once every three times up), and in discontent over a $75,000-$80,000 salary he insisted was one quarter of his worth. The former Giant, former Met batted 238 with 11 HR, 30 RBI in 56 games with San Diego, which obtained him from New York in June, to boost his overall 1977 figures to 222, HR, 67 RBI as he plays out his option.
Dalton wasn't dreamer enough to envision Kingman pulling out an instant division title, not as the Angels sank 17 games behind Kansas City in the AL West, but he remembered the 6-foot-6, 25-year-old's 37 homers with the 1976 Mets despite 33 games lost to injury and decided, "With that kind of power and run production, we want a chance to see if we can sign Dave and make him part of our 1978 team."
Don't get hurt . . .
The "Dream Mile" between John Walker and Filbert Bayi must remain a dream at least four more months. Walker, the New Zealander with the 3:494 mile record, withdrew yesterday from the just-announced Sept. 17 showdown in Vancouver with the Tanzanian whose 3:322 is the fastest 1,500 meters, citing "my running form deteriorating and increases injury problem." Promoter Dan Shedrick conceded, "The guy needs a rest; he's running himself out of fomr. How can I blame the guy? If he's not fit, he not fit," Steve Ovett, Mike Boit, Wilson Waigwa, Steve Scott, Thomas Wessinghage and Dave Hill, who also would have been in the race, may be fit to upset both Walker and Bayi by the time they get together . . .
Whiel Mohammad Ali was preparing to leave his Deer Lake, Pa., training camp to attend President Carter's Panama Canal treaty dinner tonight, a blurb out of Fayetteville, N.C., said the Joe Frazer will fight a Sept. 22 exhibition "in his only public boxing appearance before trying to regain his heavy-weight title from Ali." And Earnie Shavers, sparring for his Sept. 29 date with Ali in New York, said he would be happy to oblige and Frazier comeback ambitions after he disposes of Ali . . .
Add to the Sonny Jergensen Day doings Friday, a noon luncheon, Touchdown Club, at which the Monday Morning Quarterback pays tribute to the man of the hour in the form of a $550 contribution to the Jurgy scholarship fund. Tickets, $12; call 223-1542 . . . That night, the N.Y. Jets will field in RFK a passel of Maryland and area names who survived the cuts not just for the occasion, we trust; first-year menFrank Russell (kept over ex-Redskin Howard Satterwhite yesterday), Bob Raba, Ken Schroy, Phill Waganheim and vets Tommy Marvasco, David Knight, Duance Carrell. Waganheim, Northwood High's pride as well as the Terps', and Carrell, once of Wilson High, probably will take turns punting in a showdown for the job . . . Don Buse, the NBA champion in steals (3.47 a gam) assists (8.5) last season for the Indiana Pacers, will have a chance to shine as a Sun this time around; Phoenix obtained him yesterday in a swap for guard Rick Sobers . . .
That's quite a running feud between football coaches Ralph Staub of U. of cincinnati and Tony Mason of Arizons. Staub alleged he could document tampering by Mason in the transfer of four UC players following their 1976 Beearcat coach, Mason, to his new school; its's an NCCA no-no, Mason countered that the players transferred of their own violition "because of a vindictive coach (Staub) who did not release them. They are paying their own way and working" their first (no-football) year in Tueson. Besides, Mason poined out, how about those three Ohio State players who transfered to Cincy this year after 'Staub left Woody Hayes' Buckeye staff for UC? Just an extension of Ohio State-Michigan bad blood - Mason used to be a Wolverine assistant, specializing in recruiting Ohio prep blue chippers to Ann Arbor in the war with Staub and OSU colleagues. Arizona's athletic director is former Michigan basketball coach Dave Strack, and around and around they go . . . Lou Saban, who pust in 19 days as Cincinnati athletic director, then had a figurative change of heart - and later real open-heart surgery - could briefly wait to get to U. of Miami over the weekend to take over the Hurricanes' preparations for the opener Saturday at Ohio State, Miami athletic director Pete Elliot said Saban closed a deal on a Florida house three days before his wife's Aug. 26 suicide in Buffalo and told him after the tragedy, "I want that house, I want a place for my family." The coach has a son, 25, and daughters 22, 19 and 17 . . .
VIc Janowics, believe it or not, was left off a list of 22 selected as charter inductees in an Ohio State University sports hall of fame - but not for long. Loud howls moved the selection committee to add janowicz - 1950 Heisman winner who was headed for Redskin greatness until an auto crash curtailed his pro career - as a seventh Buckeye football great to be honored in Sept. 17 ceremonies . . . Also being restored from a fall off a pedestal: Jim Thorpe. The 7-foot, 300-pound statue of the old Canton Buildog, that is. It toppled from its base in the rotunda of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton last month, shattering the right elbow. The statue was shipped to New York in hopes of being ready by NFL, season openers . . .
Marvin Barnes of the Detroit Pistons comes up for parole today after four months behind Rhode Island bars . . .