Baseball is giving the freed hostages lifetime passes to all regular-season games, football (via NBC) says they have carte blanche to attend Sunday's Super Bowl, and what else in sporty? Well . . .
Herschel Walker of No. 1 Georgia Doesn't plan to be overfootballed, underwhlemed as he is by his potential of becoming the first three-time Heisman awardee (1981-82-83). The fab freshman will skip spring football '81 so he can run track. A 9.5er at 100 years in high school (he was a shot-put champ, too), Walker goes right at it in his college track debut Friday night. He'll run in the 60-yard dash against big-name competition at the Philadelphia Track Classic, ditto in New York's Millrose Games Feb. 6. And in the women's sprints will be Veronica Walker, Herschel's sister who is a Georgia sophomore. All-American ball-carrier Walker lists track as his first love, dancing second -- then football . . .
Kirk Gibson, the Michigan State all-American flanker who passed up the bone-bruising NFL for Detroit baseball bonus money, has tossed more cold water on the Tiger promotional caravan (already cold-shouldered by "slighted" Champ Summers). Gibson's rookie campaign was curtailed last June when he hurt his left wrist; the lefty-hitting and throwing outfield speedster tried to come back too early, reinjured the wrist in batting practice and underwent surgery in August. Now, with the club hoping he can get out of the 1981 blocks fast, he says -- just as the tour hit good old East Lansing -- "I'm not even close to being healed. I won't be tempted to pick up a bat until spring training and mayube not even then . . . Right now (my whole athletic future) is pretty much total uncertainty" . . .
Camilo Pascual, Senator and Twin pitching star become Minnesota coach -- his 1980 season marred by a broken jaw incurred in batting practice at Baltimore -- won't be back with the Griffith organization this year. Oakland's Billy Martin picked Pascual up to scout and help Art Fowler tutor pitchers . . . Ex-Nat Darold Knowles assigned by St. Louis as minor league pitching instructor . . . Ex-Nat Lenny Randle up for special major league draft today, by request as an unsigned free agent. Pitchers Bill Travers, Bill Castro, Marty Pattin, in similar straits after fewer than two clubs opted to bargain with them out of the November reentry draft, went up for special draft earlier this week to give a maximum of four teams a shot at them. Castro and Pattin went unclaimed (now can negotiate will all 26 clubs); Mets, Rangers, A's, Angels will vie for ex-Brewer Travers . . .
With Rocky Mount, N.C., folded, Hagerstown, Md., is back in the running for a Carolina League berth. The franchise was awarded to Lou Eliopulos of Jacksonville, Fla., who says he may do business as the Hagerstown Suns if the city will make $150,000 improvement to Municipal Stadium. Let's do it, the mayor urges city council . . .