Carlton Fisk, and concomitantly the Boston Red Sox, are in hot water again-or whatever they use to treat Pudge's excruciating right elbow-and today evidently is decision day: 21-day disabled list, 60-day list . . . or cross fingers and hope against hope.
Fisk suffered all spring with the elbow ailment dating back to last season when he had to adjust his throwing style to compensate for broken ribs. In the Bosox' first four games this season, Fisk caught naught, pinch-hit once-striking out and saying it hurt like the devil.
Manager Don Simmer and boss Haywood Sullivan scheduled a skull session on Fisk today, carrying in the back of their skulls past crises with the ace receiver.
To wit: On disabled list June 28, 1974, to end of season, injured left knee. On disabled list March 12 to June 23, 1975, broken right arm-yes, 1975, the year he came back to hit .331 in 79 games and inspire the run to the pennant.
Must the Sox wait again for a midseason, at best, lift from Fiskie?
Another ex-NFL loser. Leroy Mitchell, a cornerback for the Denver Broncos, 1971-74, convicted of selling cocained (four ounces) to an undercover officer. He pleaded guilty in Golden, Colo., faces sentencing June 4 . . .
NFL loser turned winner. Mike Michel, the ill-starred Philly Eagle kicker. In the All-Pro racquetball championship at San Diego involving 37 football pros, Redskin all-around sport-moneymaker Joe Theisman got by St. Louis' Steve Jones, 21-3, 21-6, to make the final, but Michel whupped Our Joe, 21-11, 21-17. No sweat, Theisman made as much as Michel, $4,000, for getting that far and qualified with him into next January's finals bringing in winners from baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, when top prize is $58,000 . . .
Lefty Driesell, for one, believes ball game's never over until-.
Interesting item in the Baltimore Sun quotes Baltimorean Larry Gibson-just back from scoring 60 points, taking 28 rebounds in Hawaii's three-game Aloha all-star round robin-as saying he and Coach plan a little visit to Sampsonville-er, Harrisonburg, Va. Graduating center Gibson said, "Coach wants me to tell Ralph (Sampson, the 7-3 prodigy) that whatever I do as a person has nothing to do with the Maryland basketball program." He meant his arrest for an alleged break-in on campus March 30 . . .
Meantime, this year's best Baltimore prospect, billed as Maryland's all-time prep scorer after his 33.2 a game this year gave him 2,884 points in three years for Cardinal Gibbons H.S., 6-4 Quintin Dailey, has signified his choice of college: U. of San Francisco . . .
Craig Shelton, who has another Hoya year to go, will receive the Touchdown Club's Ben Zola Award as D.C. area college basketballer of the year at noon luncheon next Friday, April 20, honoring 10-man college All-Met . . . GWU recognizes its toppers in eight men's varsity sports at the Colonials, Inc., 21st annual sports awards dinner at Marvin Center next Wednesday evening . . . Colonial senior third baseman Jim Goss, swinging a .462 bat for the season, is ECAC baseball player of the week . . .
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn has announced that the proposed rule change calling for suspension, and resumption from point of interruption, of certain rain-halted games won't go into effect until 1980. Meantime, even though Sunday's Phillie-Card game that was stopped in top of the sixth inning will be "replayed in its entirety," all individual stats through five innings will count since the game reverted (from 3-2) to that state (tied 2-2) and five innings constitutes an official game. Do we owe you a box score?