With clinics, camps, [WORD ILLEGIBLE] or leagues, foreign tours and exhibitions all over the landscape, the basketball season never, never ends - and Kevin Grevey, nice guy that he is, can't say no. And won't say ouch?
After the Bullets won the NBA laurels, he got away to Hawaii for about 10 days for players association meetings and R & R. But from there, he told the home folks around Hamilton, Ohio, "I got home for a day and then shot down to Lexington for two days to work in a basketball clinic for Rick Robey. For the next two weeks I'll be out as much as in," he said, referring to clinics in Kentucky and hereabouts. "When I committed to them, I didn't realize we'd (the Bullets) be playing this long."
Mind you, Grevey is the fellow [WORD ILLEGIBLE] to the sidelines the tail end or the playoffs with an accumulation of injuries and admits the long, long season "wore me out" . . . and "there is still some swelling on my knee. With the clinics, I haven't rested the knee and I've always felt that all it needed was a couple of weeks rest" . . .
Terry Puhl, Houston's National League batting leader won't be 22 until Saturday. A $1,000 Astro bonus baby in 1973, he hails from Melville, Saskatchewan, where, he says, "My parents don't realize what it's all about or even what the All-Star Game is" . . . P.S. on Larry Holmes' Las Vegas win over Ken Norton: officials say the bottle confisicated from Holmes' corner contained nothing illegal. Cornerman Billy Prezant told the media after the flight he had blended lemon juice, honey and a touch of brandy (alcohol is a no-no) to gives Holmes' second wind along the way - but WBC physician Donald Romeo says lab tests "came out absolutely negative. If there was any brandy in there, they did not find it" . . . Can't wait for football Variety reports the Metromedia station in Houston will produce an Oiler-K.C. Chiefs rookie-free agent scrimmage July 18 and make it available to other MM outlets, so don't be surprised if you catch it on WTTG-TV-5. All because of Earl Campbell.
The Bullets' annual summer clinics - go get 'em, director Hymie Perlo - are coming up, 10 of them at the schools and community centers in the metro area 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays-Wednesday July 5-Aug-2. Openers are in the District, July 5 at Reed Learning Center, July 6 at Kenilworth Parkside. Kupchak, Grevey et al. expected . . . Capitals counter with the third annual street hockey extravaganza on Cap Center lots 10:30 a.m. July 10. Meantime, Caps have began a series of street hockey clinics at selected Fairfax County elementary schools, now that Virginia and District youngsters are invited to join in the July 10 special - which offers an added attraction, inside the Center, as Special Olympic's champion booster, Bryan Watson, flies down from Canada to direct two teams teams from the area's S.O. program in a celebrity game . . .
Seventy-fifth anniversary convention of the Big Brothers-Big Sisters here found Barty Smith, Green Bay fullback who once was a "little brother" in Richmond, presenting the Big Brother of the Yard award to Ron Bryant, a sometime tennis pro who as youth director the Albuquerque Country Club is a black Big Brother to some white little ones . . . Max Posnak, a longtime Silver Spring resident who died in Florida recently, ought not to go unremarked in the sports section, says Jim Blacks. "Max was the last of the 1928-30 St. John's U. 'Wonder Five' who were the kings of the college basketball then, and not only in New York. He was St. John's only two-time captain." Yes, and after those 70-4 glory years, they went on tour and then into the old pro ABL as the Brooklyn, and later New York, Jewels . . . Georgetown jubilates anew over landing a second ace tract recruit to go with John Gregorek, All-America from Smithtown, N.Y. Now it's Audrey McKithen, middle-distance sparkler from Trenton, N.J., who was named most valuable highs athlete in the 1973 Penn Relays . . . Manager Tommy Lasorda, as his Dodgers spun wheels in third place: "I'm the second greatest optimist in history. Custer was the first" . . .
Not only did Monday Night Baseball viewers on Channel 7 miss Yanks-Bosox but when Phils-Expos was subbed for previously announced Royals-Angels, Washington missed Richard M. Nixon's first visit to a big-league game since 1974, in Angel owner Gene Autry's private box at Anaheim Stadium. On pregame radio, the former president knowledgeably talked baseball with interviewer Dick Enberg, finishing up by mentioning that he likes the commercial broadcast during the games. "The one I really like it one that ends '. . . baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet,'" Nixon said. He stumbled over the third element and said, "Oh, well, I don't eat apple pie, anyway."