I enjoyed Mary Roach's article about her experiences as a mascot-in-training (Tricks of the Trade, Dec. 16) but was turning backflips trying to find the school's name.
HARVEY NATHAN, New York City
?Although Mary Roach took the course in Wichita, the school, Pro Mascot, is based in Gautier, Miss. —ED.
A Team Effort
Thank you for the great four-part series about high school athletes (Nov. 18-Dec. 9). This picture, from The Daily News Tribune ( Waltham, Mass.), shows my brother, Waltham High football coach Dan Keohane (center), leading his team in shoveling the field before its Thanksgiving Day game. We celebrated the 100th anniversary of Waltham football that day with a 12-0 win over Brockton. Whatever the future holds for these players and the coaches, I know the memory of the snow, the three-hour cleaning job and the game will always remind them of what teamwork can accomplish.
MARY ELLEN RYAN, Waltham, Mass.
A Pioneering Pitcher
SI missed an opportunity to reflect on the passing of one of baseball's impact players, Dave McNally, 60, who died on Dec. 1 in Billings, Mont. McNally, named by SI as the "Greatest Sports Figure" from Montana in the 20th century, had an illustrious career with the Baltimore Orioles, pitching in four World Series—two of which the Orioles won—and was named to three All-Star teams. He won 20 or more games in four straight seasons from 1968 to '71, and he remains the only pitcher to have hit a grand slam in the World Series. McNally was also involved in the landmark legal victory that led to baseball's free-agent era and multimillion-dollar salaries. In '75 he teamed with Andy Messersmith in the grievance that toppled the sport's century-old reserve clause, giving veteran players the right to choose their teams. The average MLB salary has risen from $44,676 in 1975 to $2,295,694 today.
BRIAN PARKER, Gurnee, Ill.