Whoever in your executive offices decided - several years ago, as I recall - to use courtesy titles (Mr., Mrs., Ms.), apparently had a reason. But, why would they decide to do away with the long-held and established practice of newspaper reporting? There was nothing wrong with using last names in stories. It was accepted universally. Today this very formal policy just doesn't make sense - especially when writing about sports.
The beautifully written front-page article by Bob Dvorchak on Sunday, May 24, on the 50th anniversary of Harvey Haddix's masterfully pitched game was a pleasure to read, bringing back great memories - until I got to the repetitive mention of "Mr. Haddix," "Mr. Virdon," "Mr. Hoak," "Mr. Burdette," ad nauseam, throughout the entire article. Mr. (here we go again) Dvorchak himself must have cringed each time he wrote a player's name.
It bothers me even more when I read articles such as the recent tragic shooting of three Pittsburgh police officers and constantly see "Mr. Poplawski" written therein - almost as a term of respect. I still don't think the monsters of this world you write about in your newspaper deserve the respect of an honorific.
Further, you don't require them on your sports pages. Are athletes regarded as lesser personages? Let's stop writing as though we are covering high tea in a London court.