H-O-M-E R-U-N. Dial HOME RUN and learn how you can help bring baseball back to Washington, urged young (24) go-geter Dusty Nathan, P.R. pusher of the latest such attempt. The phone goes in today, meaning yesterday, Nathan said.
O.K., we reckon at 6:30 p.m., old C & P's day is over, let's ring up H-O-M-E R-U-N and see what they'll be telling the fans. That's 466-3786 . . . Now!
"The number you have reached is not a working number. That number has been changed to . . ." Sure, operator, but we want the new holder of the old number. "That number has been changed to . . ."
So help us Shelley Berman.
Oh well, maybe Ma C & P has installation mission accomplished by today (meaning today) and you can call and volunteer to circulate the petitions that Nathan and friends hope will translate into a million signatures by the eve of the winter major league meetings, a couple weeks hence.
Is HOME RUN big league? Well, not only does it have an office in beautiful downtown Alexandria, but the president, in absentia is named Leo Durocher. And, swears Dusty Nathan, it has a financier with ready access to $15 million if the support, and the opportunity to buy a club, warrants.
Therin lies the minuscule difference between the new group and Joe Wheeler, Inc.; which won't stop both from sounding off at Saturday's REK Stadium rally to show baseball how badly the Washington area wants back in. With Durocher, Ralph Kiner and Joe Torre holding an advance news conference 4 p.m. today at the International Inn on Thomas Circle . . .
More (wrong?) numbers: St. John's of N.Y. No. 1 Georgetown No. 8 in Eastern college basketball the upcoming season. So says a panel of regional sportswriters in a new (New York based, no doubt) poll leading to an eventual trophy called the Widmer Cup.Behind St. John's, which earned 71 points in the poll, come Syracuse 67, Holy Cross 66, Providence 46, Princeton 34, Rutgers 33, St. Bonaventure (Starrins D.C.'s Greg Sanders) 32, the Hoyas 24, then a big drop to Iona. Army, Columbia, George Washington (12th and ahead of, for instance, the whole Philadelphia Big Five) . . . Georgetown plays Navy at 7 p.m. ahead of Maryland-American in the Tip Off Tournament openers Sunday, Nov. 27, but never fear, the schools and Capital Centre know that's Redskins-Dallas 4 p.m. game day. They'll show the whole NFL bit, Pat and Tom at the mikes, on Telscreen - even as RFK will big-screen Ohio State-Michigan for itchy ones in the crowd at Saturday's 11 a.m.-1 p.m. baseball hootenanny . . .
Unhappily, the report that Redskin/Notre Dame alumnus Pat Heenan had progressed off the critical list was premature, his basketball officating buddy Eddie Dolan informs. Coma, partial paralysis linger with severe head and chest wounds as effects of his car's crash into a horse that wandered onto a Prince George's road.
Fighting fire with fire? In the wake of the Detroit Red Wings acquiring Czech expatriate Vaclav Nedomansky from WHA, the philly Flyers have signed Czech defector Runfolf Tijenar, 29, a 225-pound veteran of Olympic and WHA play; he'll break in, though, not in NHL but down on the Maine farm . . .
Turned around the other way is Sonny Randle, who couldn't win for losing at academic-oriented Virginia. Coach Randle brings an undefeated Massanutten Military Academy team to Byrd Stadium today to take on the Maryland junior varsity at 2 p.m. Massanutten is 9-0, with wins over the jayvees of VPI, VMI, W&M and Richmond; the Terp opposition has swept Milford Prep, 44-3, and U.S. Marines-New River, 55-0 . . . Ah, coaches: LSU basketball chief Dale Brown, noting reports that the Rev. S. L. Whatley reported encountering a 7 1/2 - or 8-foot tall hairy creature in Ocala (Fla.) National Forest, wrote the minister: "In case you see this eight-foot creature again . . . call me collect . . . as we would like to offer him a full basketball scholarship at LSU" . . .