A little housekeeping

The most important item first: Longtime umpires attendant Ernie Tyler remains hospitalized at the University of Maryland Medical Center after undergoing successful surgery on Oct. 6 to remove a benign brain tumor, but a team official tells me that doctors are pleased with his progress.

We still don't know when they'll allow Tyler to return home, but his continued improvement is encouraging news.

According to Bodog, the odds of the Phillies winning the World Series stand at 5/4. The Yankees' odds are 9/5, the Rangers 9/2 and the Giants 11/2.

The odds of the Phillies and Yankees meeting in the World Series stand at 6/5, the Yankees and Giants 15/4, the Rangers and Phillies 5/2, the Rangers and Giants 13/2.

I've never bet baseball in my life. Football is another matter.

I'm still scarred from that Jai alai experience.

Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Museum, has been named as the new president of the International Sports Heritage Association.

Gibbons' responsibilities will include working with the ISHA members to "further the organization's mission to sustain the sports heritage of communities domestically and around the globe," according to a press release.

The ISHA, first known as the Association of Sports Museums and Halls of Fame, was formed in 1971. Today, with 120 member organizations representing five continents, it's dedicated to helping member institutions better preserve history and educate future generations on the importance of sport heritage as a part of cultural history.

The Bowie Baysox have set up another haunted house at Prince George's Stadium, as they do every Halloween. It opens every Friday and Saturday this month, and on Halloween Sunday. Admission is $15.

You can walk through the house in about 20 minutes - 10 if you're really scared. It features more than 30 live actors with special effects and props. The show is rated PG-13 and parental discretion is strongly advised. (Imagine the rating if the actors were dead.)

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and tours run until 11 p.m. Don't worry about the rain. The entire show is indoors.

You can take a peek right here.

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