Schottzie will not be the Reds mascot, no matter how many TV shows, news features or national publications say so.
Mascots can be a lot of fun, but this one's a dog. Schottzie hats? Please!
I just finished your fantastic article on Seve Ballesteros (Golf's Dashing Invader From The Spanish Shore, July 15). I have been a big fan of his since seeing his exciting play on TV two years ago. He is the gutsiest, most talented player on the tour, and it's nice to know he is a very sensitive, fascinating man off the tour as well.
I look forward to seeing Seve "snuggling up" to lots more British Open trophies and adding a few more green jackets to his wardrobe. It's only a matter of time until he wins the U.S. Open title.
As a bowler and fan, I was glad to see the article on Pete Weber (The Perils Of Life In The Fast Lane, July 15) by Jack McCallum. It was a great piece of writing on the trials and tribulations of this talented young man. Everything is not as rosy as it seems on Saturday afternoons on TV.
JOHN B. SHARP
If Bill Venturini (SCORECARD, July 15) is married to Cathy, then who is Wendy in BILLY & WENDY, on the front of owner and wife Cathy's car?
W. SCOTT BRADFORD
?Billy, 9, and Wendy, 6, are the Venturinis' children.—ED.
Seeing Gary Pettis, the California Angels' sensational young outfielder, in SI (An Angel In The Outfield, July 8) came as no surprise to me. In 1981 I watched Pettis play center-field for the Class AA Holyoke (Mass.) Millers of the Eastern League, and it was apparent then that he had tremendous ability in the field. Many a night Pettis would thrill the Holyoke crowds by chasing down seemingly uncatchable fly balls and line drives.
MARK S. MCCORMICK
As a diehard fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates I was very pleased with your article Pittsburgh's Golden Oldie in the July 15 issue. Since I moved from Pittsburgh in 1979 I have watched the Pirates deteriorate to their present state, with very few bright spots to enjoy. Pitcher Rick Reuschel is one of those, and I was delighted to see that someone else noticed his fine performance this season. Thank you for making it a little more bearable to be a Pirate fan.
I've grown up as a loyal Minnesota Twins fan and lived for three years among loyal San Francisco Giants fans, so let me offer a little advice to fans of the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates. Ease up and enjoy the simple accomplishments of your team. Like a good throw to second, even if the runner was on his way to third. What you have to do is get excited over two-game winning streaks.