Major league players will be called during the middle of baseball's September pennant races to testify in the federal drug trafficking trial of a Philadelphia caterer, according to Pittsburgh-based U.S. Attorney J. Alan Johnson, who said for the first time publicly that baseball figures prominently in the federal case.

U.S. District Court Judge Gustave Diamond tentatively set Sept. 3 as the trial date for Curtis Strong, a former food supplier in the Philadelphia Phillies' clubhouse who is charged with 16 counts. GOLF

Steve Van Zutphen of Germantown and Doug Yeatman of Manor each shot one-over-par 73s to share the medal in qualifying for the Sentinel Junior tournament at Redgate in Rockville. Defending champion Mike Svec of Columbia also qualified with 76. Scooter Clark of Hobbit's Glen shot 70 to win the age 14-15 medal. The tournament continues through Thursday. are Xavier's Bob Staak, Ohio University's Danny Nee and Belmont Abbey's Eddie Payne . . .

Clemson University trustees have approved the forced retirement of former athletic director Bill McClellan and the forced resignation of Vice President Melvin Barnette. The State newspaper said the actions were taken Saturday during an executive session at the board's quarterly meeting.

The State said that interim Clemson President Bill Cox told the board of his plans to end the university employment of McClellan and Barnette "for the good of Clemson." BASEBALL

Major league players will be called during the middle of baseball's September pennant races to testify in the federal drug trafficking trial of a Philadelphia caterer, according to Pittsburgh-based U.S. Attorney J. Alan Johnson, who said for the first time publicly that baseball figures prominently in the federal case.

U.S. District Court Judge Gustave Diamond tentatively set Sept. 3 as the trial date for Curtis Strong, a former food supplier in the Philadelphia Phillies' clubhouse who is charged with 16 counts.