No wonder the Braves are drawing at a record pace. Elizabeth Smith, 6, deprived of both arms and a leg in a power line accident, met MVP Dale Murphy recently at an Atlanta hospital, where Murphy's son was in for surgery. Before Sunday's Braves-Giants game, Elizabeth, as guest of umpire Joe West, met Murphy again; he gave her a cap and T-shirt. The child's nurse asked, "Why don't you hit a home run for Elizabeth?" No answer.
Until Murphy hit not one, but two, homers that day, for all the Braves' runs in a 3-2 win . . .
Among signees from last week's draft: Marc Heyison, George Washington U. third baseman, with the Orioles; Baltimore sends him to Miami instructional digs, thence to Class A. Orioles' first pick in secondary phase, U. of Florida right-hander Richard Rice; assigned to Newark, N.Y. . . . U. of Virginia first baseman Glenn Harris (ex-Lake Braddock H.S.), 1982 ACC batting champion (.425), by the Cardinals; St. Louis assigns this grandson of Hall of Famer Bucky Harris to Johnson City, Appalachian League . . .
Last call for Major League Scouting Bureau tryouts at Naval Academy, 9 a.m. Thursday, ages 16-25.
Carlos Paula, who in a short span as a Washington Senator achieved inordinate notoriety for his adventurous outfielding (while batting .299 in 1955), died recently in Miami. He was 54.