The Golden Jet skates again!
"it was no secret and I stated on more than one occasion that if I returned to the game as a player," said hockey all-timer Bobby Hull, "I would have preferred to have done so with an American-based team.
"those feelings were expressed and based on personal matters. However, as a result of our meeting last night (Thursday), those matters have now been resolved and I am very happy to say that I will be rejoining the Winnipeg Jets hockey club." And a coach new to him: Tom McVie.
Welcome back to the NHGL, Bobby Hull -- due in a week or so to make his first appearance in the league since 1972 when he left the Chicago Black Hawks, after 15 glory-filled years, to sign a 10-year, $5 million contract with Winnipeg and "make" the World Hockey Association -- until it became unmade after last season. Coincidentally (?), last season Hull went into retirement.
Black Hawk attendance has been sagging, and Chicago owner Bill Wirtz has consistently tried to land Hull, 40, in trade with Winnipeg, whose general manager, John Ferguson, was among Hull's "personal problems" "resolved." Maybe later, Chi?
Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes and Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer have agreed in principle, the governor announced yesterday, to ask for a commitment by state and city to raise $21.5 million to improve Memorial Stadium in an effort to keep the NFL Colts from moving away. Hughes said much of the money would go to add 13,400 seats -- but the renovation "has to be accompanied by a long-term lease with the Colts." Hughes said he plans to meet with the football team's owner Robert Irsay, before Wednesday's NFL meeting in Dallas at which Irsay would, if unsatisfied, ask for league approval to clear out.
And where was Irsay as the governor was relating all this? In Memphis, meeting officials trying to woo the Colts to the banks of the Mississippi . . .
Yet another new main event for the D. C. Armory fight program Saturday, Nov. 24. Now it's Ernesto Espana versus challenger Leonidas Asprilla, seventh-ranked, from Columbia for the WBA lightweight is expected to be out two months will eye cuts. Originally, remember, it was supposed to be champion Pipino Cuevas versus No. 1 contender Angel Espada for the WBA welter belt but Cuevas pleaded hand injury.
But wait, what's this? Hot off the wire from Los Angeles: "Pipino Cuevas will defend against Angel Espada Dec. 8 at the Sports Arena according to match-maker Harry Kabakoff." That's in L.A. -- and only 14 days after Washington promoter Jim Denson goes on with the show here (at 2 p.m., bucking Ohio State-Michigan or whatever TV and live football at season's climax!).
Pitt-Penn State, accustomed already to switching dates for ABC-TV's cameras, do it again this year, Now. 24 to Dec. 1 (for 12:30 p.m. showing) . . .
Mike Patrick, WJLA-TV's own, has been named to broadcast George Washington U.'s 1979-80 basketball schedule over WEAM-AM-1390; that's 1966 GW grad Patrick, but he's an objective sort, isn't he? . . .
Never a doubt, United Press International follows Associated Press's suit and names Earl Weaver American League manager of the year; 19 votes to 7 for runner-up Gene Mauch, Minnesota. Believe it or not, it's a UPI first for Weaver in his 11 1/2 Ballmer years . . .
The other Too Tall is back in town. The Metros women's basketball have signed Shelia Patterson, the 6-4 former Federal City College (pre-UDC) standout who played WBL for Dayton last year.