"Three of the five rookies on the cover—Don Pepper, Mike Torrez and myself—were sent back to the minors that year," said Foster. He now owns and operates the Face Factory, a retail store for women's cosmetics near San Diego.
The cover photo also proved to be a jinx to Pepper, a first baseman whose major league career consisted of four games and three at bats for the Tigers in 1966. Pepper's contract was sold to the Montreal Expos in the spring of '69, but he was quickly optioned to Vancouver when the Expos' first baseman, Donn Clendenon, ended a short-lived retirement.
Instead of reporting to Vancouver, Pepper, who now lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. with his wife and two children, retired from baseball and helped his mother run the family turkey farm until it went under in 1971. Pepper is now a sales representative for CCC Associates, a seller of gift products such as silk flowers.
I could not locate Cisco Carlos, who had an 11-18 career record and a 3.72 ERA in brief stays with the White Sox and Washington Senators.
? Cisco Carlos lives with his wife and two children in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he is a division manager for a company that designs and manufactures kitchen cabinets. He hasn't picked up a baseball since his career ended in the Mexican League in 1974.—ED.
SCOUTING THE ISLANDERS
In his Hockey 1983-84 Scouting Reports (Oct. 10) Jack Falla condemns Detroit Red Wing G.M. James Devellano for acquiring Ron Duguay. This is the same James Devellano who, as director of scouting for the New York Islanders, scouted and drafted Mike Bossy. Falla condemns Devellano for signing Brad Park. This is the same Devellano who scouted and drafted Bryan Trottier, Denis Potvin, Duane Sutter, Bobby Nystrom, Clark Gillies, Dave Langevin, Stefan Persson, Anders Kallur and John Tonelli.
Incidentally, those 10 players have their names spelled out on the last four Stanley Cups—and Devellano's name is right there beside them on the first three.
IRA J. CHECKLA
Congratulations on batting .308, 8 for 26, on your preseason baseball predictions. Your best picks included Baltimore and Detroit to finish 1-2 in the American League East and Los Angeles to finish first in the National League West. However, your worst picks included St. Louis to finish first in the National League East, Atlanta and Houston to finish fourth and sixth, respectively, and Texas to finish last in the American League West.
I was recently watching a football game on TV with my 15-year-old son and sharing his annoyance at the low quality of the announcing. I started telling him about the greatest football broadcasting team I have ever had the pleasure to hear. I recalled the deft, sure descriptions of every play, the clear explanations of the nuances and available alternatives and the knowledgeable discussions of strategy and of opportunities taken or missed.
I was trying to describe Marty Glickman and Al DeRogatis, who were the radio voices of the N.Y. Giants from 1961 to '68.