Former Minnesota Twins owner Calvin Griffith was remembered yesterday as a man who stood by his principles, never did anything conventionally, always had fun and--most of all--loved baseball.
Hundreds of people, including former Twins players, employees, family members and friends, gathered to memorialize Griffith at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis.
Griffith, who died Oct. 20 in Melbourne, Fla., at 87 of complications from pneumonia, a kidney infection and a high fever, delighted millions in the Upper Midwest--and angered millions of Washington Senators fans--when he moved the team to Minnesota after the 1960 season. He sold the Twins in 1984.
Griffith will be buried Saturday at noon at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood. The cemetery is located at 3401 Bladensburg Rd.
Dunn Named Sting's Coach
T.R. Dunn, an assistant since July, was promoted to head coach by the WNBA's Charlotte Sting. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Agassi Advances at Eurocard
Showing the game that has taken him to No. 1 in the world, Andre Agassi reached the quarterfinals of the $2.45 million Eurocard Open in Stuttgart, Germany.
Agassi defeated Dutchman Sjeng Schalken, 6-4, 6-2. Agassi will face Romanian Andrei Pavel, a wild-card entry who beat Czech qualifier Daniel Vacek, 6-4, 7-5.
Third-seeded Todd Martin and No. 5 Greg Rusedski also earned spots in the quarterfinals. Martin beat Czech Jiri Novak, 6-2, 6-4, and Rusedski ousted Germany's Tommy Haas, 6-4, 6-3. . . .
Romania's Irina Spirlea defeated Anna Kournikova, 6-0, 0-6, 6-1, in the second round at the $520,000 Generali Ladies tournament in Linz, Austria. The tournament was the first for Kournikova, who is ranked 13th in the world, since she pulled out of the U.S. Open with a stress fracture in her right foot.
Top-seeded Mary Pierce of France edged Sylvia Plischke of Austria, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2. . . .
Pete Sampras will play his first tournament in more than two months when he competes in the Mercedes Super 9 Paris indoor tournament next week.
Woosnam Has Air Scare
Just two days after the death of U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart, European golf star Ian Woosnam had a scare in his private plane.
The Daily Mail of London reported yesterday that Woosnam's twin-engine plane began depressurizing Wednesday while the former Masters champion was flying in from his home in Britain's Channel Islands.
Twenty minutes into the flight, oxygen masks dropped down. Woosnam, two friends accompanying him and pilot Robin Richards grabbed them and put them on.
"It was a bit scary. I don't want to make a big thing about it, especially after the tragedy of Payne, but it was a strange coincidence," Woosnam told the newspaper. "We had just been talking about what happened to Payne."
Rose to Be Honored
The annual Sports Boosters of Maryland Headliners' Banquet will take place Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. at Martin's West in Baltimore. Pete Rose will be presented with an award and Rick Dempsey, the 1983 World Series MVP, will be roasted. The most valuable Orioles award also will be presented. . . .
Darrell Green of the Washington Redskins will choose raffle winners in an appearance at Christian Bernard Jewelers at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. He also will receive a check and raffle money for his Youth Life Foundation. . . .
The Quarterback Club will host a luncheon for Washington Redskins quarterback Brad Johnson and wide receiver Michael Westbrook at That's Amore restaurant in Vienna at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
A story in yesterday's Sports section incorrectly stated that the New York Yankees of 1938-39 and 1998-99 are the only teams to sweep back-to-back World Series. The 1927-28 Yankees did so as well.
CAPTION: France's Mary Pierce strains to return a shot against Austria's Sylvia Plischke during a 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 second-round victory at the Generali Ladies tournament in Linz, Austria.