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As Gammons points out, Paul pitched his no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader against the Dodgers, after Dizzy had won the opener with a three-hit shutout. Following Paul's performance, Dizzy said, "If I'd known Paul was going to pitch a no-hitter. I'd've pitched one too."
Peter Gammons's baseball reports are so consistently excellent that I feel guilty writing to you to point out an error in his article Septembers to Remember. Pete Rose got 51 hits in September 1979 all right, but not as a Red. He got them as a first-year Philadelphia Phillie, on a team that was mired in fourth place.
That September was a prelude to the future, however, because under new manager Dallas Green, the Phillies started to put together the team that would win it all in 1980—behind, as Gammons noted, Most Valuable Player Mike Schmidt and one-year-wonder Marty Bystrom. Rose saved his best for October that season, grabbing the foul ball that popped out of catcher Bob Boone's glove for the penultimate out of the World Series.
Rose's five years in Philadelphia won't be soon forgotten by Phillies fans, most of whom he converted from Pete-haters to Pete-lovers. Let's hope there are enough Pete-lovers among the Hall of Fame voters to make Rose the first unanimous selection for 1992.
In the box accompanying the article, under "Best Player Pickups," you claim that Woodie Fryman went 10-3 for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1972. Not so. Fryman went 10-3—with a sparkling 2.05 ERA—for the Detroit Tigers in '72. He was one of the main reasons the Tigers were able to beat the Yankees, the Orioles and the Red Sox for the division title in a season shortened 13 games.
My son John and I read with great enthusiasm your article about John's favorite player, George Bell. However, after traveling to Anaheim to watch Bell play, we found it hard to believe that the story was about the same person we went to see.
Before the game began, Bell came over to chat with the kids in the seats near third base, where we were sitting. Although we didn't get an autograph, we were treated to lots of small talk, smiles, practical jokes and the overall feeling that Bell is a man who really enjoys the game of baseball.
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