I am a bit upset at the lack of respect shown the Atlanta Braves in Mike DelNagro's report. The Braves have a lot of young talent, and with the growing support of the fans, the return of suspended owner Ted Turner and an outstanding manager, Bobby Cox, it won't be long before the whole world will be watching the Braves in a World Series. As for Dick Ruthven and the Philadelphia Phillies, the Braves just gave Philadelphia a visit and left it a shambles, sweeping a three-game series.
THOMAS R. BUECHNER
PITTSBURGH'S NO-HIT PITCHERS
It would appear to me that John Montefusco's statement about the Giants being the only team in history to boast three no-hit pitchers (SCORECARD, July 31) was made before he met the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have three no-hit pitchers in Jim Bibby ('73, Texas), John Candelaria ('76, Pittsburgh), and Bert Blyleven ('77, Texas)
ON WITH THE GAME
Your series of articles on Money in Sports (July 17 et seq.) has been very enlightening and certainly timely. However, I was confused as to the point made by the poll on page 47 of the July 31 issue. It said that 56% of those fans polled had a favorable impression of sports owners; yet when asked specific questions about the owners' characteristics, they gave answers that seemed contradictory. Fifty-two percent thought owners were greedy; only 41% said the owners had fulfilled their civic responsibility; 61% answered that, no, the owners did not tell the truth when they said their teams were losing money; and 55% thought owners took unfair advantage of tax breaks.
If fans have favorable impressions of greedy, non-civic-minded liars who cheat on their taxes, then maybe the problem lies with the person sitting in the stands.
San Bruno, Calif.
What is all the hollering about? In a society that has worked ceaselessly to erase whatever distinction there once might have been between the words "ambition" and "greed," why should we vent our spleen on players and owners? They are simply a distillation of the rest of us.
We would be better off recalling the words of the late, lamented Pogo: "We have met the enemy and he is us."
WALTER B. DUNNING
Circle Pines, Minn.
The biggest mistake is made by those who call the business of professional athletics sports.
BENJAMIN W. JOHNSON
My hands are up to raise a cheer for the good bargain a ticket to a baseball game provides. It isn't the price of tickets that bothers me but the cost of traveling to see my favorite team, the Boston Red Sox. A plane trip from Syracuse to Boston really jumps up the price.
I'm glad Warren N. Kellogg of Exeter, N.H., the disillusioned Boston fan you quoted in Part 3, has the good sense to say he will return to Fenway when Yaz goes for his 3,000th hit. I hope to be there, too.
THOMAS V. FANNING
I recently attended a baseball game between the Oakland A's and Cleveland Indians in which Bob Lacey threw me a baseball. I got Matt Keough's autograph, and the A's won 5-4 in the ninth. No magazine is going to tell me that players don't hustle and are not loyal to their fans.