Henry Aaron, who last month ignited a controversy with Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn by failing to appear for an award, met with Kuhn earlier this week and apparently buried the hatchet.
The 45-minute meeting, requested by the commissioner, was held Wednesday at Kuhn's New York office.
The flap erupted when Aaron refused to appear in New York in late January to accept an award from Kuhn naming Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run on April 8, 1974, as baseball's "moment of the decade."
Aaron would not discuss specifics of this week's meeting but it was believed he and Kuhn discussed Aaron's complaints about the lack of black baseball executives, Aaron's displeasure with Kuhn for not being in Atlanta when he hit his momentous homer, and Kuhn's displeasure with Aaron for not showing up for his award.
"They just wanted a face-to-face meeting," said Braves public relations director Wayne Minshew. "When I mentioned the idea to Hank, he was very willing. He jumped at it."
The Redskins have signed their first two free agents of the 1980 season: wide receiver Elmo Boyd from Eastern Kentucky, who caught nine passes for the San Francisco 49ers in 1978, and Jack Shrawder, a tackle from East Stroudsburg who was released before the start of last season by the Baltimore Colts.
The Oakland Raiders have rejected the city's $9 million stadium lease renewal offer to keep them from moving south to Los Angeles.
But that does not make it a certainty the Raiders will leave Alameda County Stadium for the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Raider officials say they are willing to consider an agreement hammered out earlier with Oakland Mayor Lionel Wilson and Kaiser Co. executive Cornell Maier.
The rejected pact proposed more than $8.5 million in stadium improvements in exchange for a 10-year lease that would have given the Raiders the option of buying out after five years. The Raiders would not spell out what they preferred in the Wilson-Maier proposal.
Meanwhile, Raider fans are fuming, as in Alvin T. Guthertz's letter to Commissioner Pete Rozelle.
"I find the current actions of the Raiders -- this team that has earned so much love, honor and respect -- a disgrace. The sad spectacle of fans walking in the rain to beg a team to stay; the mayor of a city having a humble himself, an entire area all but held ransom and all for what -- a football team.
"The Raiders have had over 10 years of sellout crowds, yet they so easily and quickly turn their back on the people who cheered this team and watched it slowly grow and mature. It is a tragedy."
If Willie Stargell wants justice for the man who burglarized his room during the World Series in Baltimore, he'll have to pay for the man's extradition himself.
The City of Baltimore cannot afford to extradite the accused man from Greenville, S.C., a Maryland state attorney said. Only in cases of murder, rape or armed robbery will Baltimore pay for extradition.