"All those years I played against you," Bobby Mitchell needled Sam Huff, "you never touched me. I talked to Jim Brown two nights ago to tell him this was coming up and he said tell Sam what a great athlete he is--he too is proud Sam never touched him, either."
And so the roasters--Dick Lynch, Sonny Jurgensen, Brig Owens, Andy Stynchula--went yesterday at the Touchdown Club salute to Huff's upcoming Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, Aug. 7. Toasters in Canton, Ohio, will have a hard time topping Famer Andy Robustelli's remembrances of DE Robustelli, MLB Huff and the Giants' glory days: "We did what we did because it was the best that we could do."
Huff--before resting for capital West Virginians' kudos last night at Fort McNair--summed up: "The most exciting moment of my life was when I was told I was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. In there with Andy and only 114 people out of 220 million--that's the last hurrah. And I'm alive to get it!"
End of NLRB hearing in New York on NFLPA complaint of unfair management practices: parties given to July 23 to file briefs; judge could take two months to determine if owners must open books to union. Meantime, business of getting ready to play football--and negotiate--as usual . . .
Baseball's All-Star balloting ends July 4 and will Bucky Dent still be at .138, riding Yankee bench and yet No. 1 for AL shortstop? "No way," he says, "I could accept under these conditions." Anyway, is pro-Dent vote really anti-Steinbrenner?
NBA all-star guard Dennis Johnson has asked Phoenix to trade him; Coach John McLeod says Suns will try . . . Kenny Carr, ex-De Matha, heads for fourth NBA stop, Portland, for an '82 Round 1 pick (No. 18; Detroit owns No. 9, too). Pistons G.M. Jack McCloskey: "Somewhere along the line, I feel Kenny Carr lost some confidence." Blazers Coach Jack Ramsay: "Carr gives us Kermit Washington potential--a strong rebounder who defends well inside and will score more than (retired) Kermit" . . . Kenny Higgs, Denver guard, is gone, says Coach Doug Moe: "He played and talked his way off this team . . . bit the hand that fed him." So Nuggets eye, with first pick (No. 19), says a Denver report, "a guard, possibly Georgetown's Eric Floyd" . . . Count Milwaukee a bidder for Boston's rights to Dave Cowens--unless Phoenix goes too high. Portland sought Cowens, but maybe not now, with Carr.
Storied USC quarterback Irvine (Cotton) Warburton dead at 70. Rose Bowl hero at 5-7, 147 for 10-0 Trojans of '32, become MGM and Disney movie technician--Oscar-winning film editor ("Mary Poppins") . . . New horizons for Dick Szlasa, Navy lacrosse coach. Ten years, 10 NCAA berths at academy; now to Drew U., Madison, N.J., to direct athletics and phys ed.
Marvin Hagler's turn: sparmate-inflicted rib bruise; could put off his July 15 defense against Fully Obelmejias . . . And Seb Coe's sore shin cancels runs in Oslo Saturday and Sweden July 3-6--could scratch July duel with Steve Ovett in London . . .
Eventing: Saturday, Harold Bell's celebrity tennis tournament, doubles 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Rock Creek courts sandwiched by hospitality at Sheraton Washington; Sunday, Bell's Inside Sports fashion show, same hotel, 5-9 . . . Monday, Carolina League all-star banquet, Old Town Ramada, eve of game in Alexandria . . . Baseball tryouts: today, 18-club Major League Scouting Bureau (Joe Consoli in charge), 9 a.m., Wheaton Regional Park; Saturday, 9, Naval Academy; Monday, 10, White Plains . . . Sunday, Orioles (Jim Gilbert, supervisor), with D.C. Rec Dept., 9 a.m., Banneker Stadium, 800 Euclid St. NW.