Joe Wheeler's "Bring Baseball Back to Washington Rally" Saturday at RFK Stadium will bring some big baseball names in for the day, according to Wheeler and company: Willie Mays, Leo Durocher, Ralph Kiner, Mickey Rivers, Joe Torre, Frank Torre, Bucky Dent, Andre Dawson and more are listed as acceptees to date. First 10,000 fans in receive free Washington Senators pennants, c. 1960-65. Free, rain or shine - 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. M.C.'s: Mel Aleen and Nat Allbright.
Another big name from baseball's past -- Al Rosen (no relation, darn it) - will settle for the new position he assumed yesterday: executive vice president of the New York Yankees. The Cleveland Indian slugger who was American League MVP in 1953 but fled the boo-birds into retirement in 1957 was an original partner in the George Steinbrenner group that bought the Yanks in 1973. Is Steinbrenner easing him past good old Gabe Paul, the general manager, in the operating hierarchy? . . .
The Yankees' divvy of postseason swag as announced by the commissioner's office shows 30 full shares of $27,758.04 from the team's kitty of $1,000,188.11. That's out of $2,778,300.31 playears' pool accumulated from the first three games of each league championship series and first four games of the World Series. It breaks the winners' record of $26,366.63 per 1976 Cincinnati Red. The Dodgers get 31 full shares of $20,899.05 consolation. The Yanks gave Carlos May a full share despite his Sept. 16 waiver to Angels. This year the Reds, second in the NL West, dipped to $2,011.35 apiece; 32 full-share Baltimore Orioles get $1,173.30 each for sharing runner-up spot in the Al East . . .
Further from ACC commissioner James: All three games of the conference basketball tournament first round will be available for telecast throughout the ACC network in 1978, a first that's Wednesday, March 1, from Greensboro Coliseum, games at 3, 5 and 9 p.m.). In regular season, answering past complaints of imbalance, the school with the most televised games this season will have no more than two appearances more than the least; "if one team gets on TV nine times, no one elwe will have less than seven appearances" . . . Maryland's basketball tipoff dinner has been slated for next Tuesday, 7 p.m., in the student union's grand ballroom, $10 a ticket; featuring players, coaches including The Lefthander; to reserve, call J.R. Anderson, 4742266 . . . Another Georgetown preview comes up Friday night at GU's McDonough Gym, Hoyas ys. the Canadian collegechampiom, St. Mary's of Nova Scotia. And the circulatory systems of Hoya coach John Thompson and one of his players will be monitored for an experiment by special equipment. "I know they're picking on an overweight coach," commented Thompson - 6-foot-10 and maybe broadening from all that travel.