Add Billy (White Shoes) Johnson to the NFL bunch with ears perked toward the sound of crisp Canadian dolloars waved aloft by Nelson Skalbania in his bid to make his new property, the Montreal Alouettes, all-world.
"Johnson's a free agent and his lawyer phones us the day after we got Vince Ferragamo," an Alouette spokesman said of the flashy Houston Oiler who might make a nice receiver for ex-Ram Ferragamo's passes. "Joe Scannella (Montreal head coach) and our coaches are holding a free-agent camp in Los Angeles right now and I imagine whatever people are interested in joining us will be getting in touch with them."
A camp in L.A., under the Rams' nose! Now there's chutzpah befitting the fellow (Skalbania) who is trying to sign college football's Herschel Walker of Georgia at 18 (as he did hockey superstar-to-be Wayne Gretzky at 17) and who has Ferragamo's agent saying his impending contract is "one of a kind" and a sure thing. Don Klosterman, Los Angeles general manager, shurgs acceptance, even if the quarterback hedges, "We're not in Montreal yet."
Anyway, a friend needling Ferragamo about ditching Los Angeles said he had a gift Vince could use in Canada, huskies and a dog sled, and wanted to know what to do with the dogs. Replied Ferragamo: "Let them loose in Klosterman's office" . . .
Opening-day National League pennant odds, by Jimmy the Greek: East -- Phillies and Expos cofavorites, 3 to 2; Pirates 4-1, Cardinals 8-1, Cubs 30-1, Mets 50-1. West -- Astros 8 to 5, Dodgers 9-5, Reds 8-1, Braves 15-1, Giants 15-1, Padres 100-1 . . . The Chicago club has granted the request ("not the first time") of the family of the late Perry J. Goldberg of Miami to have his ashes scattered at Wrigley Field on Cub opening day, Thursday. Stipulation: private ceremony, no media coverage . . . Media coverage of Masters golf will include Johnny Holliday doing late-afternoon, early-evening reports on WMAL-AM-630 . . . Area media loses a good one as Ken Allan, sports newsman 12 years here with American Forces Radio and Television Service (good old Armed Forces Network to you, vets) leaves this weekend to do likewise from the outfit's Hollywood HQ. Allan also leaves shoes to fill in capital-area baseball umpiring; last worked a Howard U. game and says Bison skipper Chuck Hinton is as sharp on the rules as he was as the last .300-hitting Senator. . .
Ah, the Senators. Our readers are wonderful. Marian H. Tongier writes from Lanham: "My husband noticed the (FF) item about Wade Lefler (who died recently) and Ossie Bluege (perky in Edina, Minn.) and suggested adding his brother-in-law, Johnny Kerr, to the list of surviving '24 Senators. Johnny is married to Olive Tongier Kerr, a niece of Walter Johnson.They live in Long Beach, Calif. If you should happen to get in touch with him, I can almost guarantee a funnier interview than with George Burns." Doggone, our Baseball Encyclopedia shows Mr. Kerr was with Detroit in 1924. But, almost as good: he played on the pennant-winning 1933 Nats.