Warren Spahn: "He won't see anything but breaking balls next year." Luke Appling: "Lightning doesn't strike twice," anyway.
Find out next July 18 in RFK Stadium.
If Appling, 75, could homer off Spahn, 61, over a temporary fence for the most magical moment of the first Cracker Jack Old Timers Classic in baseball-starved RFK Stadium, last July 19, who knows what treats might be in store the 1983 date announced yesterday, a Monday night again?
And maybe rain won't strike twice. Then, for sure, attendance at Cracker Jack II will top last year's 29,000-plus, Appling and Spahn reckoned at a National Press Club news conference. So did Dick Cecil, the game's managing director; Tal Smith, advisory committee chairman; Jim Hannan, Dick Bosman and Frank Kreutzer representing the Washington-Baltimore chapter of the Association of Professional Ball Players of America, whose fund for indigent old-timers benefits; representatives of the sponsoring Borden Co., and Bob Sigholtz, who runs the stadium.
And maybe the major league brass won't turn up their noses this time, Cecil allowed.
As packing proceeds for the Honolulu winter meetings beginning Sunday: Lou Whitaker agrees to Detroit terms tying him up through 1988 (five-year, $3 million-plus contract) . . . Cubs sign Fergie Jenkins (22 victories shy of 300) and Jay Johnstone to two-year renewals, Willie Hernandez for three years . . . Phillies settle with Ivan DeJesus on a five-year pact (three years guaranteed) replacing one that had a year left . . . By Friday, Tom Seaver could be an ex-Red and born-again Met, if trade negotiations jell that quickly . . . Now, back to Philadelphia: will Manny Trillo still be across second base from shortstop DeJesus? Not if Trillo -- also entering final contract year -- won't do likewise and sign long-term. Phillies boss Paul Owens puts Cleveland's Von Hayes atop his Honolulu shopping list, and Trillo might be prime bait. Owens adds that if he trades Trillo, he might try to obtain Little Giant Joe Morgan. Would Pete Rose enjoy that?