Dr. George Sheehan, the grizzled heart specialist who has elbowed into the front rank of the run-and-write-about-it cult, warmed a few cockles recently by extolling beer as an excellent way to replace body fluids lost by perspiration.

Two running scientists from Kansas City counter that water will do just as well (if not as good).

Sheehan cited beer as a repository of potassium; Dr. Ralph Hall (pathologist and long-distance jogger) and Richard O'Kell (internist and avid runner) have tested nine brands of beer, to date, and say they found so little potassium content it would require 15 or more bottles a day to provide a person's daily requirement.

If you drank that much, you wouldn't be running very far," says O'Kell - he and Hall owning up, however, that they kind of like a cool one after their daily five or six miles . . . tr for add 1

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For a start, though, Dr. David Costill, director of Ball State University's Human Performance Lab (and a marathoner), has another answer in the July issue of Runner's World: 60 minutes before takeoff, nothing better than (all right, already, Mrs. Olson) - a strong cup of coffee.

How in ale did we get ourselves into this, anyhow?. . .

Paul Cannell of the Dips shows off his briefs and gets set down for it. Jim Palmer, Lydell Mitchell et al, do the same thing in some of America's most respectable publications and get paid big money for it. Or was Cannell auditioning for Jockey when he Dipped his outer trunks to half staff in the middle of a NASL game? . . . The National Labor Relations Board ordered an election yesterday among players on U.S. teams in NASL to determine whether they want to be represented in leaguewide collective bargaining by the NASL Palyers Association: players on the two Canadian teams are excluded. A shoo-in, according to the NFLPA, an offshoot of the NFL Players Association (Ed Garvey is acting director of the soccer union), since more than a year ago 90 percent of the soccer pros signed union cards. Palyers reps. in fact, met in Chicago a week ago to map strategy for a bargaining session with NASL club owners . . . Wes Unseld hauled in anothe trophy during the postplay-off NBA Players-Association gathering in Hawaii; a 268-pound marlin. He brought the head back to keep his playoff MVP trophy company, gave the rest - $600 worth of eatin' - to the crew . . . A former Bullet mate of Unseld, Archie Clark, now a player agent, took time out from the Hawaii confab to marry Valejo Sawyer. Clark turned to best man Lou Hudson of the Lakers for the ring and, oops, 15-minute delay while the absent-minded Hudson hustled back to his hotel room to get it . . . Change of site in tomorrow's Bullet free clinic 10:30 a.m. opener, from Reed to Shaw Junior High, 10th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW . . . Bowie State said so long at term's end and "Well done despite strict budgetary limitations" to A. C. Jordan, retiring athletic director who came to Bowie 15 years ago from 14 years (and six state championships) at Mace's Lane High School. Cambridge, Md., where he made his earlier mark in black athletics and education. The college perks up quickly with word that. "Without question having the Bullets (practice on campus regularly) is a big plus for our recruiting," and Coach Taft Hickman elaborates:

Dewayne Antonio, a 5-10 all-county guard from Patchogue H.S. on Long Island, was so impressed by meeting the Bullets on a visit to Bowie, he has enrolled as a Bulldog, and other recruits Hickman says will help renaissance from the 2-17 team he "inherited" include: Hank McVay, 6-2 forward from Bacone J.C. in Hickman's native Muskogee, Okla.; Kenny Robinson, 6-5 forward from Prince George's C.C. (and Crossland H.S.); Larry Carter, 6-3, from Southern H.S., Baltimore, he's a brother of Tony Carter, who starred on Coppin State's NAIA champs (with Joe Pace); James Stewart, 6-0 Ballou guard, 6-4 All-Anne Arundel County forward Kevin Owens of Northern H.S., Harwood, and 6-8 center Wendell Johns from Northwestern High. And, if they can't do it, well. Coach Arlene Creek's Bowie State women's team expects back all but one player from this year's Maryland college champs . . .

Willie Horton drew his outright release from the Cleveland Indians, possibly spelling the end of his career after 282 homers and almost as many knee injuries - but if anybody suddenly needs a DH, well, Horton's availability is just one more roadblock in Eager Earl Williams' hopes of a comeback . . . Reader Doug Briggs called us on the recent item about Cincy reliever Pedro Borbon being convicted of damaging rented furniture with "doggy bites" to remind that before he put a bite wound in Pittsburgh pitcher Daryl Patterson in a 1974 brawl Borbon spent much of a 1973 NL playoff game chewing up the cap of New York Met Cleon Jones. Could the 1978 Borbon just be getting ready to audition for the road company of "Dracula"?