OREL AND DON
The pitchers with the longest scorelessinning streaks in major league history—Orel Hershiser and Don Drysdale—have more in common than the fact that they wore Los Angeles Dodger uniforms when they set their records. Consider the following:
1) As you stated in your story (Plenty of Nothing, Oct. 10), Hershiser's streak came close to ending against the San Francisco Giants. So did Drysdale's.
2) Both of these incidents involving the Giants hinged on a controversial umpiring decision. An interference call against San Francisco's Brett Butler kept Hershiser's streak alive. In Drysdale's case, he hit the Giants' Dick Dietz with a pitch with the bases loaded, but umpire Harry Wendelstedt ruled that Dietz had not made an attempt to get out of the way of the pitch, so Dietz wasn't awarded first base.
3) Butler's first and last initials are the same; so are Dietz's.
4) Both games were played on a Friday night.
5) The Dodgers won both games 3-0.
6) The shutouts were the fifth in each pitcher's streak.
7) In each game, the Giants starter was a lefthander: Mike McCormick in 1968 and Atlee Hammaker in '88.
8) Butler wears number 2; Dietz wore number 2.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
I couldn't stop laughing at Rick Reilly's article about the inept professional teams of Atlanta (Peach State Lemons, Oct. 3). The only thing he left out was the bumper sticker that has appeared there: GO BRAVES—AND TAKE THE FALCONS WITH YOU!