Baseball has stopped, too, for Salvatore (Sam) Favata, a prize Milwaukee Brewer prospect leading the Class A California League with 50 stolen bases in 51 attempts. He was beaned and doctors fear he is so badly hurt he probably will have to give up the game.

An errant pitch by Ed Retzer, an Oakland A's farmhand, caught Favata, 22, a second baseman from West Covina, Calif., as he led off Monday night's game for Stockton at Modesto. A Brewer spokesman said he was hit "in the worst possible spot," on the temple. In surgery in Modesto, loose brain tissue was discovered; permanent damage projected.

Favata was "holding his own" at last report, but his right side was very weak, his speech possibly affected, and -- at best -- a long rehabilitation period is in store . . .

The height of Kevin Burke's football career was imminent until leukemia took him, for here's what Indiana University Coach Lee Corso had to say in Bloomington prior to the former Northwood High athlete's funeral yesterday in Wheaton: "The job was his, there's no question about that," meaning first-string Hoosier tailback after his status as No. 3 (he scored two touchdowns) behind two seniors in 1980.

"We watched him come in, go through the injuries, then really work his way through all that to where his goals and his dreams were right there in front of him," Corso recalled of the days before the illness sent Burke to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring at Christmas. "I told him the last time I saw him we were holding his uniform for him. . . Nobody will ever wear No. 22 again here as long as I am the coach". . .

SyberVision of San Leandro, Calif., via the Melvin Beli law firm, is suing the Dallas Cowboys for $100 million, charging the NFL team with misappropriating a training technique.The beef is that the Cowboys allegedly reneged on a promise to endorse in return for trade secrets of SyberVision, in which an athlete watches videotapes of his best performances in an attempt to program muscle memory.

Since posing yesterday's George Scott question, we learn that another old Red Sox, pitcher Dick Pole, has joined Scott and Rick Jones on the Mexico City Tigers. In 14 years in the majors, Scott twice hit .300 (.303 in '67, .306 in '73), twice bettered 100 RBI (107 in '73, 109 in '75, and never for Boston). . . Plenty of time, till next time, to mull this'n: The Redskins twice have had the leadoff pick in the NFL draft. When? Who