The banner may go up on at least one nontennis occasion. Rock singer Melissa Etheridge, a friend of Navratilova's, will insist that it hang during her concert at the Garden on Dec. 13. Etheridge is also asking her friends in the music business to insist on the same thing when they play the building.
In the Pink
Jim Ryan, a doctor and avid golfer from Columbus, Ohio, had heard the story all his life: How his grandfather Earl Ryan, also a doctor, had helped the great Bobby Jones win a U.S. Open. The year was 1926, and the Open was being played at Scioto Country Club near Columbus. Jones trailed after the first day and, suffering from a severely upset stomach, fell apart on the second, shooting a 79. In agony Jones asked for a doctor. Grandfather Earl, who lived nearby, was called. After a consultation he prescribed Pepto-Bismol, and Jones went on to win the Open by a stroke. In gratitude he gave Dr. Ryan the ball he had holed for the winning birdie.
That memento, which Earl Ryan passed on to Jim, has a companion now. Earlier this year Jim served as first-aid director for the PGA Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club, near Columbus. On the morning of the third day, tournament leader Tom Lehman got in touch with Jim to say his stomach hurt so much he wasn't sure he could continue. Could Dr. Ryan suggest anything?
As a matter of fact, Dr. Ryan could suggest Pepto-Bismol. Relieved of pain, Lehman went on to win the tournament. It was his first PGA Tour victory. In gratitude he gave the doctor a ball.
"I guess I have a story for my grand-kids," says Ryan.