Washington attorney Edward Bennett Williams, scheduled to become owner of the Baltimore Orioles on Nov. 1, said yesterday he intends to meet with current club officials in about 10 days to discuss logistics of the Orioles' playing some games in Washington Next Season.
Williams, the president of the Washington Redskins, said in a telephone interview from Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where he is spending the weekend, that there are several items he has to bring up with Jerold C. Hoffberger, the Orioles' principal owner, and Hank Peters, the general manager.
Washington, Williams said, "is one of the top things I have to talk about with Jerry and Hank as soon as I get my wind and have a chance to think about things. I'll probably meet with them about 10 days.
"as I said at the press conference, I really have not addressed that problem (Washington)," Williams said.
At the press conference in Baltimore Thursday, Hoffberger announced Williams had signed an agreement to buy the Orioles for approximately $12 million. Final settlement was set for Nov 1.
Williams told reporters he intends to keep the Orioles in Baltimore "so long as the people of Baltimore support this team" -- a caveat that has stirred widespread speculation on the possible role of Washington in the Orioles' future.
Williams noted that the club's recently signed lease with Memorial Stadium runs through 1980 and allows the Orioles to play 13 games next year at RFK Stadium, but he was noncommital on the prospect.
"there are a number of things that have to be considered before any decisions can be made," Williams said yesterday.
Changing RFK from a football to a baseball configuration is not one of them, Williams said. It normally takes 11 days for the conversion, which can cost as much as $75,000. However, Armory Board General Manager Robert Sigholtz says he can cut the conversion time to four hours.
"Hank told me there are things to consider, such as whether it's a home game or an away game and how the players and players' association feel about it," Williams said. "So it would be premature for me to make any comments now."
But, there were comments from others in the latest chapter of what could lead to the return of baseball to Washington, a city that saw its last regular-season major league game in 1971.
Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn said, "I have great respect for Mr. Williams and am sure he will continue the winning tradition of the Baltimore club."
Asked if he thought the sale signaled a return of baseball to Washington, Kuhn replied, "I don't know. I really think you better talk to Mr. Williams about that."
A spokesman for D.C. Mayor Marion Barry said the mayor did not want to comment.
Reps. Tony Coelho (D-Calif.) and Frank Horton (R-N.Y.), leaders of the ad hoc congressional committee than has fought for baseball's return to Washington, met with Barry and Del. Walter Fauntroy (D-D.C.) yesterday.
"just because there has been a sale of the Baltimore club doesn't mean they've (baseball) satisified the interests of this committee," Coelho said. "We are not trying to take the team away from Baltimore. But if there's no intention of coming to Washington, then baseball has not solved the problem."
In Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County Executive Lawrence J. Hogan wrote a letter to Edward Bennett Williams, asking the Orioles' new owner to consider building a domed stadium in Laurel to house both the baseball team and the Redskins.
" believe a natural answer to the Orioles' box officle problem would be to locate the team in a new super-dome in Laurel," Hogan wrote. He said the stadium would be able to hold 20,000 more spectators than FRK Stadium. CAPTION: Picture, Edward Bennett Williams