It seems very appropriate that the issue in which this article appeared came out just after the All-Star Game. Pete and Yaz represent the tops in their leagues.
My dad took me to the forgotten Cincinnati Reds game that Pete Rose was ejected from a dozen years ago. It was on Sept. 9, 1969. As the lead-off hitter, Pete complained long and loud about Giants Pitcher Gaylord Perry "throwing spitballs." Pete may have gotten the thumb, but the umpire and Perry then had to survive the loudest catcalling I ever heard from the usually placid Reds fans. That one game gave us an idea of what baseball without Pete was like. Since he left for Philly, I've never been back.
My first chance to see Pete Rose play in person came on Aug. 8, 1977 at Dodger Stadium. Alas, Rose was ejected in the third inning for arguing that a ball that shot down the third-base line—he was then playing third for the Reds—was foul. Manager Sparky Anderson was ejected on the same play. I can't blame Pete for forgetting this one; the Reds were shut out that night by Tommy John.
I found the photo of heavyweights Teskac Drago and Ed (Bad News) Turner awaiting the start of their bout at Los Angeles' Olympic Auditorium (A Dream House, July 12) so eye-catching that I was wondering if you could tell me who won the fight.
GORDON W. JONES
?Drago won a four-round decision in that April 22 fight, his first as a pro. However, on May 13 Drago met Tony Fulilangi and was knocked out in the first round.—ED.