The New York Yankees, and Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, no strangers to each other in a hearing room, thrashed over the Billy Cannon Jr. "matter" for three hours yesterday, adjourning to await Kuhn's decision "within a few days."
The 6-foot-4 shortstop from -- naturally -- Baton Rouge wound up looking at Yankee dollars after what rival clubs alleged was tampering by the New Yorkers. His father the football immortal had wired all major league teams before the June 5 draft that Cannon Jr. was not interested in baseball (over college football) for less than a $250,000 signing bonus. The youngster was effectively withdrawn from the draft, so everybody thought, until, on round three, came the Yankees' turn and the declaration, "We pick Billy Cannon Jr." . . .
The Pro Bowlers Association has imposed its heaviest fine and longest suspension ever on temperamental, flamboyant Marshall Holman. The Oregonian, one of the tour's top money winners the past couple of years, kicked a foul line light after a not-so-hot shot during the recent PBA Doubles Championships in Las Vegas. Holman now has been kicked to the tune of $2,500, and 10 weeks off the circuit . . .
Nobody will have Dave Kingman to kick around, or vice versa, before June 27. The Cub bombardier went on disabled list yesterday until then; recurrent shoulder injury . . .
Joe Paterno of Penn State visits again Thursday, to address a dinner in his honor by the Nittany Lion Club, National Capital Area Chapter, at Washingtonian Country Club in Gaithersburg. Check Olney's Joe Namath or Bruce Miller, Alexandria, or Grace Bardine, Wheaton . . .
The Detroit Tigers will do without the bleacher rowdies who raised cain during Monday night's doubleheader with the Milwaukee Brewers. "Sick and tired" of rocks, bottles, etc. being thrown on the field, Tiger General Manager Jim Campbell has ordered the $2 bleacher section (10,500 seats) temporarily, closed. Brewer Manager George Bamberger was on the verge of removing his club from the field as missiles flew in the vicinity of his outfielders Gorman Thomas and Sixto Lezcano.
Moses Malone, the Houston Rocket big man, missed Monday night's NBA all-star loss to the U.S. Olympic basketball squad because of minor surgery to remove two cysts from his upper left arm. Fellow Texan Elvin Hayes of the Bullets, meanwhile, explains his absence from that game in Los Angeles: Never made a definite commitment to Larry Fleisher, players association director, just said he "might" play and to contact him at home. Meanwhile, he got full tilt into building a new house there in Brenham, Tex., busy as all get-out and not in playing shape . . .
While Buck Williams does it for the Olympians, as in keying the decisive drive in the 97-84 victory over the pros, his Terp teammates are off to Japan for a 15-day, six-game trip; Maryland plays Japan's A and B teams and China's national squad and sees a lot of sights (probably including Chinese Man Mountain Mu) . . .
Scratch Les Habegger as prospective coach of the NBA Dallas Mavericks. He signed a three-year contract to stay as assistant at Seattle (where Lenny Wilkens one day will return to the front office) . . . Now if the SuperSonics only could satisfy all-pro guard Gus Williams. A free agent, Williams would like to stay a Sonic, but his agent, Howard Slusher, is at an impasse with owner Sam Schulman . . .
One free agent not staying with his original team: defensive tackle John Mendenhall of the NFL New York Giants. Their parting assured a while back by mutual agreement, the Giants tried in vain to swing a trade, finally put him on waivers -- and no takers. Mendenhall now is free to deal for himself.