General Manager Joe Burke says Whitely Herzog will be back as K.C. Royals manager in 1979 if he wishes: "It's up to Whitley now."

Red Schoendienst, joining the St. Louis Cardinals - the club he managed 12 years through 1976 - as a coach: "I'm here as a coach, and I want Kenny to know that" . . . Card Manager Ken Boyer, welcoming the Redhead to the staff: "I wanted someone I felt comfortable with, someone who can look at the game as a manager . . ." Hmmm. Don't rub elbows too hard, gents.

"We've got the Games. The only way we can lose them now is to give them away," exulted Mayor Tom Bradley as the IOC vote came in yesterday: 74-3, with eight abstentions, from member countries to award Los Angeles the 1984 Summer Olympics. And with no financial risk to the city, apparently. Los Angeles will sign one contract with IOC promising to organize the Games according to the rules; an independent organizing committee will sign another taking financial responsibility, and the U.S. Olympic Committee will guarantee against loss.

Quarterback Club has Redskin GM Bobby Beathard down to speak at noon today; it's at the TD Club . . . District Heights fight manager Chris Cline, who has his man Wilson Bell tonight in Las Vegas to fight Rocky Mosley Jr. tonight, says his associates in Portland, Maine, tell him Sugar Ray Leonard's next bout is set for Portland, Nov. 3 against Benny Prada.

Jim Barbe, erstwhile Washington-Lee H.S. athlete in Arlington, won MVP honors in baseball's Class A Western Carolinas League after leading loop in hits, homers, RBI for Texas Rangers' Asheville club. Now a first baseman, Barbe can take further heart of noting his former James Madison U. infield mate, Billy Sample, making American League box scores with the Rangers in September (after heavy hitting in high minors). . .