Seldom have I read a more engrossing article than John Garrity's on the Bretts (Love and Hate in El Segundo, Aug. 17). The familial insights it provides are fascinating and illustrate why your magazine's greatest attraction for me is its writing.
ARTHUR L. ANDERSON
Lake Forest, Ill.
John Garrity brought us so close to the Bretts, I felt like one of the family.
Hurrah for John Garrity! It's about time someone wrote something about what I consider to be baseball's first family. It's also about time someone paid some respect to the pushy mothers and fathers of this world. It's not that I agree with Jack Brett's tactics or anything, I just ask you: Without all those pushy parents, would there be so many success stories?
Short Hills, N.J.
As a George Brett fan, I enjoyed the article. But I'm afraid the Jack Brett "syndrome" is all too common. Unfortunately, almost all Little League mothers can recognize a Jack Brett in their area.
John Garrity notes that Ken Brett established a major league record for a pitcher by hitting a home run in four consecutive games. True, but the record really should read five homers in five consecutive games. Just before the start of his streak, Brett got a hit that went over the centerfield fence in Candlestick Park. Umpire Dick Stello, thinking the ball had bounced over the fence, called it a ground-rule double, but others who saw it from the Giants' outfield and bullpen said that the ball did indeed clear the fence before touching the ground.
For a man who has three home runs and 20 runs batted in, George Brett is getting a lot of ink.
JOHN SOUTER JR.
Your story on the All-Star Game (Off with a Blast, Aug. 17) was greatly appreciated. As one of the 72,086 enthusiastic fans in attendance, I enjoyed every aspect of the game, but as a Cleveland Indian fan, I especially enjoyed the well-deserved standing O's given to Manager Dave Garcia, Len (Perfect Game) Barker and Bo Diaz.
"A big hand for baseball"? What the hell for?
White Plains, N.Y.
Your article on George Scott ( George Scott Is Alive and Well and Playing in Mexico City, Aug. 17) couldn't have been better timed. As this farce called the Second Season began, I was refreshed by the story of a man who really loves the game.
Prairie Village, Kans.
George Scott has had an illustrious career in Boston and he has realized his dream of becoming a "Yankee," but your article failed to mention that Scott spent some of his most productive years as a Brewer. To us Milwaukee fans, he's still the Boomer. The many moments of drama and excitement he gave us are treasured. I'm glad to hear he's doing well.
MARK C. CLARK