? Brian Downing, Chicago White Sox catcher, whose eligibility for the 1974 American League Rookie of the Year award was questioned and then confirmed: "I'm a rookie. It says so on my bubble-gum card."
? Alex Karras, on Washington Coach George Allen: "He's great to the old guys. He's got one trainer just to treat varicose veins."
? Bob Miller, N.Y. Mets relief pitcher, telling why he changed his name from Gmeinweiser: "I couldn't pronounce it myself."
?Nancy Dunkle, 6'2" basketball player, on how she hoped to cope with 6'11" and 6'7" Russian opponents: "Bite their knees."