Various limited partners of the New York Yankees have been unsuccessful in attempts to convince fellow stockholder Daniel McCarthy to withdraw his lawsuit against Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent.

But yesterday's scheduled hearing on the suit, filed by McCarthy and limited partner Harold Bowman in U.S. District Court in Cleveland to restore Steinbrenner as the franchise's managing general partner, was postponed by Judge Alice Batchelder until Monday, the day Steinbrenner has been ordered by Vincent to resign his position.

"My husband and I received a call from George {Steinbrenner on Thursday} asking us to please call Dan McCarthy and attempt to dissuade him," limited partner Charlotte Witkind of Columbus, Ohio, said yesterday. "I'm very concerned that the financial powers George still has under the agreement might be further stopped" because of the lawsuit.

McCarthy "would not consider it" she said. "He asked us to join. He was very angry that we wouldn't. . . . He is very mad at us, but it doesn't matter at this point."

The Associated Press reported that 14 of 18 of the limited partners said they would not be part of the lawsuit.

McCarthy's secretary said the Cleveland-based lawyer, who serves as Steinbrenner's tax and business attorney, was not accepting telephone calls from the media. Cleveland-based limited partners Eddie Rosenthal and Michael Friedman also were unavailable for comment.

In a separate development, Jack Lawn, former administrator at the Drug Enforcement Administration, was chosen yesterday by Steinbrenner to serve as the franchise's interim general partner until Steinbrenner's nominee as successor, theater producer and limited partner Robert Nederlander, receives the required approval from owners of the other major league teams.

Although the Yankees did not make a formal announcement about Lawn, 55, Witkind said Lawn will start running the team Monday. The Associated Press reported that an unnamed baseball official said Steinbrenner gave the commissioner's office oral notification of Lawn's appointment but had not provided written confirmation.

The need for Lawn, who joined the Yankees in March after a 27-year government career, is a result of the time needed by baseball's ownership committee to approve or deny Nederlander, chosen by Steinbrenner and approved by the Yankees' other limited partners as Steinbrenner's successor. Deputy Commissioner Steve Greenberg has said that process could last 30 days.

In a letter delivered yesterday to the commissioner's office, Nederlander said in reaction to the lawsuit: "I wish to advise you that this action was brought without my consent or participation. While I have not received or examined the summons and complaint, based on the information which I presently have, the lawsuit does not reflect my views and I am opposed to it."

The other limited partners were similarly required by the commissioner's office yesterday to state their position on the lawsuit by the end of the afternoon. Greenberg told the Associated Press: "The lawsuit was purported to be on behalf of all the New York Yankees partners. I simply asked all the limited partners to confirm in writing . . . what their position was on the lawsuit."

Greenberg also indicated that it was a good move for Nederlander to oppose the suit.

"Naturally, the ownership committee will have an interest as to whether he is party to a lawsuit against the commissioner of baseball," he said. "Emphatically, he said he was not."