Letter received by sports department for forwarding:
"Dear Bert Jones
"I am 7 years old I have been a fan of yours for 3 years. I never miss a Colt game on TV. I have wrote you 2 letters but have not heard from you. Please write to me. I hope your arm gets well real soon.
Hyattsville Md. 20784
Telephone - 301 - 322-2079
"P.S. I got my right arm hurt too'
Come on, Bert! Write hurt!
No, Mal Campbell ain't done yet. He's tapped again as master of ceremonies for the 28th M Club Sports Award Banquet on campus Dec. 2. Awardees to include Jim Kehoe as distinguished citizen; Brian Melly, perennial ACC high jump champ, as senior typifying the best in college athletics; Mark Shores, lacrosse tri-captain, for excellence in sports and scholarships - 3.96 academic average as a civil engineering student.
Joe Pace ain't done yet. The stray Bullet who didn't feel like cutting it with the Celitcs in preseason camp joined the Baltimore Metros of minor leaguedom - and suffered "a dislocated left index finger in their season opener. That put the 6-foot-11 former Coppin Stater on the shelf until the other night when he came back to show how he can do it when he feels like it: 24 points, 16 rebounds, five blocked shots in only 18 minutes of a 130-124 win over Allentown.
Not only has the old Eastern Basketball Association become the Continental B.A. - stretching from Alaska to Maine - but the Metros' new owner, Fred Keller, who moved the club from Washington, stressed, "The league is full-time now and all the players will be paid a full-time salary." The Baltimore papers, taking 'em to heart, play them up in front of the sports section - and after an opening crowd of near 2,000 have taken to reporting "only 880 fans turned" . . . "only 696 witnessed" the action at the U. of Maryland-Baltimore County field house.
Last winter's Metros would have been in seventh heaven with "only 696" customers instead of the attendances of 40 or 50 at Fairmont Heights and George Mason that sent 'em up the parkway.
D.C. high school and boys' club athletes of the fab '40s, one more call to the Dec. 6 reunion in Langley Park. Check Charlie Brotman, Red Vernon, Danny Bass or Eil Blank for the scoop on the salute to you and your coaches.
Pitt Panthers' leading tackler is senior linebacker Al Chesley of the Eastern (D.C.) High Chesleys, but he still insists, "Baseball's my first love. I play American Legion ball when I go home each summer. The last time, I batted about 435." Chesley noted he got a contract offer from the K.C. Royals after high school, now says, "If I get drafted (NFL) in the first round, I might go to football. But if I get drafted sixth or something, I'll give 'baseball a shot."
End of a couple of capital eras with the retirement of Henry Gerard after 25 years as the golf pre at Norbeck and of Dick CLaypool as Fairfax High's football coach after 17 campaigns - and darn near 100 victories. But not without a couple of FanFare salutes.
And Hap Spuhler, the George Mason U. athletic director, affirming he will "definitely" step down as GMU baseball coach after the 1979 spring season. Just because Billy Hunter, after getting the Texas Ranger ax, said enough of managing, the only baseball job he'd be interested in would be atGMU rival Towson State near home?