Lenny Randle, the Kermit Washington of baseball - a nice, quiet guy until something snapped (the facial structure of, in Randle's case, Frank Lucchesi) - surface in Orlando, Fla., the other day and raised some eyebrows.
According to sports editor Larry Quest in the Orlando Sentinel Star, Lucchesi is pressing his personal injury suit for upward of $200,000 and Randle came in with a sworn deposition vowing he struck in self-defense.
And, a source told Quest, Randle claimed he hit Lucchesi, his manager on the Texas Rangers at the time in 1977 spring training, only once - differing with eyewitness narrative that he repeatedly slugged and kicked at his 50-year-old adversary after felling him. Randle, in 1971 Washington's second baseman of the future that never was, purportedly depicted Lucchesi as a racist who frequently yelled at his players. So Lucchesi's attorney, James Sheperd, asked Randle if any of his other managers had yelled at players.
"No," replied Randle. "Who were your other managers?" "Ted Williams and Billy Martin". . .
The Randle-Luchessi case is due in court in early April, maybe before Randle, who nailed down the Y. Mets third base job with a .305 bat last summer, heads north with the club. And Kermit Washington is due on court at the scene of his indiscretion, Houston, on Feb. 21.
American Uls All-America, then a Laker now a Boston Celtic due for reinstatement next week, finds out quickly - Feb. 21 - how it is to play in Rocky country again.
The fifth annual Prince George's County Breakfast of Champions is in the offing - 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Sheraton Inn, New Carrollton. Some 50 P. G. individuals, teams, schools who won state, national or international titles in '77 to be honored: guest speaker Joe Theismann, Tickets call Richard Scott, county public affairs officer, 952-4723. We know five-time women's national crossbow champ Carol Pelosi is one honoree, and some others the area can be proud of. P.G. included:
Mark Clark of Gwynn Park, doin' it as a freshman regular on the Winston-Salem State basketball varsity that won its first 17 before running into North Carolina A&T this week . . . Jeff Pyles of Hyattsville, at 21 the youngest ever named Duckpin Pro Bowler of the Year (and given $500 with it): he joined the tour at 17, out of Capital Christian Academy . . . Julia Bohien, 14, of the Chevy Chase Club and Danny Logan, 15, of Oxon Hill and the Washington Figure Skating Club, silver medalists in last month's 1978 U.S. Eastern Sectionals in ice dancing. . .
And the little kickers: In the junior Orange Bowl at holidaytime in Miami, the Reston Knights (12 and under) and Reston Raiders (10 and under) brought home championships (5-0 sweeps over Mexican, Canadians, U.S. opposition). So did the Mighty Moes (16-under) and Bluetoads (14-under) girls teams from the Bowie Soccer Association. . . While former Sugar Ray Loenard Golden Glover foe Dale Staley moves closer, he hopes, to a money match with S.R. - went to a pro 3-0 with a two-rebound KO of Buddy Carr of Providence and goes for 4-0 in Portland, Maine, Thursday . . . Never flung too far for a mention if FF can help it: Edward G. Jackson Sr., Western H.S. '74, now rebounding champion of the Rocky Mountain Conference at 6 feet 5 as he leads Adams State's basketballers (Alamosa, Cola) with 17 points, 13 rebounds a game. . .