Sing boola-boola and farewell, sons of Frank Merriwell. Yale hero Ron Darling has signed with the Texas Rangers for an estimated $100,000 bonus.
Washington baseball fans will be reminded that just 10 years ago, another June draftee out of the Ivy League, Pete Broberg of Dartmouth, had signed with the Senators for a $150,000 bonus -- and a Father's Day debut in the big time. It developed into perhaps the high spot of that last season before the move to Texas.
Broberg stopped the Red Sox on two hits through six shutout innings for that Sunday turnout of 19,884 -- double the otherwise expectable RFK crowd -- before tiring in the seventh and seeing the bullpen blow his 3-0 lead. Few higher spots marked Brogerg's 41-71 major league career.
A decade later, the Rangers are (were?) a contender, and -- strike or no strike -- there'll be no dramatic start-at-the-top for Darling, whose last collegiate game was a pip: 11 innings of no-hitter against St. John's in the NCAA regionals before losing in the 12th on a single and steals of second, third and home. First-round pick Darling, giving up a year of college eligibility, will make his first pro start Monday or Tuesday -- for Class AA Tulsa.