The Tidal Basin area will be awash with 3,426 runners in Sunday's Cherry Blossom 10-miler, and the Boston Marathon has been flooded by an entry of 4,100 - up some 30 percent over last year's record. And applications for the 82nd Boston don't close until Saturday.
Something of a new look for the April 17 grind of 26 miles 385 yards: (1) Frank Shorter is over his pique against sponsors and will compete for the first time; (2) the starting line will be slightly closer to Boston, a change of less than 100 feet being designed to eliminate a tight curve (what's trimmed from the start will be made up for on the course, of course . . .
The bank holding some $50,000 subscriptions in escrow for Washington Pro-Baseball, Inc., has been instructed to start sending refunds to approximately 250 believers in the Joe Wheeler plan. All money invested, under terms of the current prospectus, must be returned in conjunction with an April 30 expiration date. But - Wheeler still has faith in the little people's faith in restoration of big-league baseball to RFK - he has petitioned the Securities and Exchange Commission for a year's extension. This, he told Post reporter Nancy Soannell, after finding that 70 percent of those 250 investors indicated they'd probably put up their $100 or $200 or whatever all over again. The Class A Alexandria Dukes, meanwhile, sold 15,000 shares of $1 common stock within 10 days after putting it up for public sale March 13 . . .
No way Paul Wiggin, whose axing as Kansas City Chief head coach was a cause celere before the wholesale decimation of his NFL peers, wouldn't land a job in the league - and he's happy to be Dick Nolan's defensive co-ordinator at New Orleans. Wiggin rejoins a couple of his K.C. staffers who preceded him to the Saints . . . Now, what about Delvin Williams, the shifty swifty of the San Francisco 49ers (1,203 yards rushing in 1976, 931 yards in '77), with O.J. Simpson coming in? "The 49ers haven't called me and I haven't called them. I'm not going to call either . . . I haven't thought about asking to be traded. I would hope the club wouldn't bring a player in, no matter how great he has been, and just give him a starting position. I would hope they would make him earn it. I'm not mad at anybody." Williams and Simpson in the same backfield? Williams doubts that; he looks for Wilbur Jackson to stay right in there at fullback . . . Williams spoke from the All Pro Racqueball Championship at Las Vegas, where Redskin Joe Theismann was eliminated in the semifinals of the football division, 21-18, 21-17, by Randy Vataha, Green Bay receiver . . .
Jean Cruguet, the Triple Crown jockey aboard Seattle Slew, went to a hospital with neck, shoulder and hand pains after a 3-year-old, Tartine, collapsed under him with a fatal heart attack during a Gulfstream race this week. Cruguet checked out okay, to resume riding before week's out . . . In California, the state racing board will have to decide whether the five day suspension of Steve Cauthen for a rough ride March 10 sould be imposed over the span including Sunday's $150,000 Santa Anita Derby in which he has the mount on Affirmed. The court whose injunction saved his (winning) trip on Affirmed in the March 19 San Felipe Handicap tossed the ball to the board and it heard the Athlete of the Year's appeal yesterday. Decision maybe today . . . Tentative good news for plungers of $2 million in bets in England on Red Rum to win the Grand National, as usual, Saturday at Aintree. Exercise in the sea off Southport has soothed Rummy's bruised foot and he's likely for his sixth and last appearance in the steeplechase in which he won thrice, was runner-up twice . . . Thorough-bred golf comebacker: Al Geiberger, out all season after major surgery, makes his 1978 debut in this week's Greater Greenboro . . .