The day after the Pedro Ramos drug arrest in Miami, a fresh start in baseball for Orlando Cepeda, with a word from the former slugging first baseman:
"I know my name will always come up. Every time somebody gets pinched, they will use my name. It's there and it won't change."
Cepeda referred to his 1975 arrest for smuggling marijuana into Puerto Rico, resulting in a five-year prison sentence of which he served nine months, then was paroled two months ago.
But we bring the name up only because Cepeda is fresh news: he began a new job yesterday as batting instructor for the Philadelphia Phillies' minor league system.
Chalk up an assist to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn after Cepeda worked awhile in a Philadelphia halfway house for prisoners and for a beer distributorship, Kuhn contracted Dallas Green, the Phils' farm director, and the job offer ensued.
Cepeda, the Baby Bull, swung a 44 ounce bat, and chances are few of his proteges will emulate his use of such heavy timber, but maybe his off-field oberservation will rub off:
"Maybe I thought I was bigger than I was. But when it happened, people in Puerto Rico treated me like dirt"
Paul Cannell of the Dips may be displeased enough to ask out to Washington, but things are worse elsewhere in the soccer world. In Cobriza, a mining town in the Peruvian Andes, a fan of the Deportivo Rayo team grew so angry at the sight of his side losing, 3-0, to Deportivo Atlas that in the closing minutes he ffatally shot Atlas forward Rafael Palomino and wounded four other Atlas plaers. The accused shotgun-wielder, Maximo Ayala, said he had bet a lot of money on Rayo . . . .
Why Bernie Carbo finally got a start in the St. Louis outfield Wednesday night in Pittsburgh when regular Lou Brock is only 14 hits away from 3,000: Brock sped home to be present for the Caesarean birth to wife Virgie of 10-pound 11-ounce Daniel Christopher Brock. That's four children for the Cardinal Express, two from a previous marriage. . .
All-Pro running back Tony Dorsett, after a tete-a-tete with Coach Tom Laundry, has decided not to press a grievance against the Dallas Cowboys after all. Dorsett says he'll pay the $1,200 fine for being out four hours beyond the 3 a.m. curfew at training camp.
Loyal TD decreed: "If all this is taken the wrong way it could be a disruptive thing and I don't want that. Right now the rapport of the players and coaches is excellent and it is important that we keep that" . . .
Derrik Holmes, the New Carrollton junior featherweight 9-0 since turning pro, goes Tuesday night against Gerald Hayes of New York, ranked No. 2 in the United States by Ring Magazine, in an eight-round cofeature at Atlantic City's Steel Pier.
All right, who'll be the first to gag about "Dutch boy puts finger in dike," now that the Red Sox have moved to shore up their flimsy pitching with reliever Wim Remmerswaal of Wassenaar, Holland? Up through the minor league ranks in 3 1/2 years, he was assigned by Boston after leading a Netherlands all-star team to a Europ-Netherlands all-star team to a Eurpoean amateur title; may be the first in baseball's majors . . .