Willie Wood is out in a clean, 36-hour sweep of pro football head coaches in Canada's greatest metropolises as Toronto and Montreal sagged to a combined 1-19 CFL record.
Montreal's 1-9 Alouettes lost to Hamilton and canned Coach Joe Scannella; then Toronto's 0-10 Argonauts bowed to Ottawa, and the Argos threw in the towel on Wood.
Both clubs named new coaches yesterday, the Argos going with Tommy Hudspeth, the Detroit Lions' coach of 1976-77, and the Als with Jim Eddy, Scannella's defensive coordinator. Hudspeth has been serving as general manager of the club guided to a 6-10 record in 1980 by Wood, whose failures were few as a D.C. schoolboy, USC quarterback, Green Bay Packer safety, Washington civic worker and breaker of the coaching color line as head man of the late WFL's Philadelphia Bell.
Eddy and Hudspeth have to be thinking 1982, lying as they are 6 1/2 and 7 1/2 games, respectively, behind Frank Kush's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. While Montreal owner Nelson Skalbania now admits of signing Vince Ferragamo: "Obviously, a mistake."
Triple gloom in Montreal, what with the Canada Cup sacking, and when it pours it . . . Tim Raines: Fending off the Cub challenge for second place in NL East cost the Expos the batting (.307) and outfielding of the base-stealing flash (69 in 86 games). He broke his right hand sliding home in Sunday's game at Chicago; can only pinch run the rest of the regular season . . .
Remember Esther Stroy, the D.C. sprinter who made the 1968 U.S. Olympic squad at age 15? She's in town for her father's funeral (Thursday) and we learn she's been named assistant track coach at Stanford . . .
College football fans got another TV screenful of metro-area talent Saturday with H.D. Woodson's 6-foot-7, 277-pound guard, Claybon Fields, leading Purdue backs through the Stanford line, and Mount Vernon's 5-9, 165 Mark Harmon booting a 59-yard field goal in the Pac-10 team's losing cause . . .
A. Planet Uranus was discovered in 1781 by astronomer Sir William Herschel, who named it the Georgian Star (Georgium Sidus) for King George III. You could look it up in the text of a $6 poster put out by a group of Atlantans, also featuring a drawing of a Georgian star in Bulldog football uniform. Because NCAA rules forbid commercial use of an individual player's name, picture or number, his features and jersey number are blurred, but who else can he be but No. 34, young H. Walker . . . Q. NCAA Division I-A single-game record for fumbles and fumbles lost by one team and by both teams?