Despite a 4-8 record, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Magrane has an outstanding ERA, and he probably has an outstanding wardrobe as well. So naturally he was flattered recently when he got a call from someone representing Gentlemen's Quarterly, asking him to model his fall clothing for a spread in an upcoming issue. Magrane showed up at Busch Stadium on the day of the shoot with a garment bag full of items, and under a broiling sun he donned such apparel as three-piece suits and sweaters. A photographer who was obviously a professional put Magrane through his paces as a fashion model.
The prime suspect in the hoax is Cardinals outfielder Tom Brunansky. Soon after the shoot, a telegram arrived from New York City, advising Magrane that the spread had been canceled because of his subpar record. The next day Magrane received yet another telegram. This one read: ROSES ARE RED. VIOLETS ARE BLUE. YOU'VE BEEN HAD BY YOUR TEAMMATES. THERE IS NO GQ.