One Washington Senator short stop, Ed Brinkman, is safe on the Detroit coaching staff - incoming Manager Sparky Anderson is keeping the lieutenants of Les Moss - and another one has a job with the Tigers, courtesy of the old Cincy Sparkler.
"It was strange," Anderson said of being named Tiger skipper Tuesday. "I had seen the Tigers on Friday night (as an L.A. sportscaster). I went out to Anaheim with (Billy) Consolo to see them against the Angels. I even talked with Moss around the batting cage. When Billy and I were coming home, I told him that I thought Detroit had a great young ball club."
Anderson said he is hiring Consolo, erstwhile Red Sox and Nats (1959-60) infield sub who made it bigger later in barbering, exact duties yet to be outlined . . .
A fortuitous extra hype for the Oriole gate, their next home series is Friday-Saturday-Sunday - versus the Sparky Tigers . . .
Kris Haines, Notre Dame degree in business administration in hand, has signed with the Redskins, who drafted the swift Irish receiver third (ninth round, that is), last month . . . James (Turk) Tillman, Easter (D.C.) High's basketball gift to Eastern Kentucky the long way around, via transfer out of Maryland, has been selected Ohio Valley Conference 1978-79 athlete of the year. Tillman outpolled 14 other nominees after pacing OVC scorers with 26.9 points a game - and is due back for a senior shot . . . Kathy Schmidt, an American rarity as world-record holder in a women's field event, lost that distinction yesterday. East Germany's Ruth Fuchs, Olympic champ, hurled the javelin 228 feet 1 inch in an international meet at Dresden, bettering Schmidt's 1977 mark by eight inches . . .
The Naval Academy is hunting a woman's basketball coach to replace Dave Smalley, just appointed assistant director of athletics for admissions coordination for the academy's Athletic Association. Smalley, assuming the duties of Carl Ullrich, who leaves next month to direct athletics at Western Michigan, is Navy through and blue - starred on diamond and hardwood as a midshipman (class of '57), coached men's varsity basketball, 1966-75 . . .
Pimlico management has called a press conference today to demonstrate operation of TIM-300, the education machine that can (if installed) handle multiple wagers, whether straight or exotic betting, and cash winning tickets with astounding alacrity. Strange timing, though. While the Baltimore track is demonstrating the equipment, which has been used in Florida with considerable success but precipitated considerable labor trouble when introduced in California and New York, Pimlico's mutuel clerks and other employes will be meeting to vote on a proposed one-year contract extension . . .
Steve Odom, the 5-feet-8 scooter whose 27.1 yards per kickoff return led the NFL last year, though he broke his leg in Game 12, has told Coach Bart Starr he is retiring after five years with the Green Bay Packers. Odom decided he would rather pursue his doctorate in clinical psychology in California. "We hate to lose Steve," Starr said "because he was a terrifc little player and because his heart was matched only by his concern for his fellow man."
Garth Ten Napel is another NFL story. In a coma three weeks and almost given up for dead after the April auto crash that killed fellow Atlanta linebacker Andy Spiva, former Texas A&M standout Ten Napel walked out of the hospital yesterday - determined to play football again. Not this year, doctors insist but a Falcon spokesman says, "When he's ready to come back he'll be welcome to try and make the team." Oh, Ten Napel will try Headling from an Atlanta rehabilitation center for two weeks at home in Kemp, Tex., before returning as an outpatient, he said, "I'll have to play twice as hard when I come back. "I'll be playing for Andy too."