BLACK AND WHITE
Reggie Jackson isn't the only one reacting to the Al Campanis controversy (page 40). Spurred by the furor over the former Los Angeles Dodger executive's insensitive remarks about blacks in baseball, both the NAACP and Rev. Jesse Jackson say they will push for the hiring of more blacks for management positions in that sport. Stan Kasten, president of the Atlanta Braves and Hawks, has vowed to improve the minority hiring practices of both of his teams. In addition, Chris Silva, the premier black swimmer of the last decade, has announced plans to return to serious training in a bid to win a spot on the 1988 U.S. Olympic team. His decision came in direct response to Campanis's statement that blacks aren't buoyant enough to be world-class swimmers.
Meanwhile, other controversies involving blacks in sports keep cropping up. One involves Texas A & M quarterback Kevin Murray, who holds many school passing records but wasn't selected in last week's NFL draft. Oiler quarterback Warren Moon, who like Murray is black, claimed this was evidence of the NFL's continued snubbing of black quarterbacks. Whether or not racism had anything to do with Murray's not being drafted, the fact is that he just isn't considered that great a pro prospect.
Then there's the case of the world's two top black women tennis players, No. 7-ranked Zina Garrison and No. 12 Lori McNeil. It is rare for a woman in the top 15 not to have an endorsement contract with a clothing company, yet neither Garrison nor McNeil has one. Pony had Garrison under contract for a while but chose not to renew the deal. John Wilkerson, who coaches Garrison and McNeil, told Tennis Week that Pony officials "said Zina didn't project what they wanted. They said they were looking for a blonde, blue-eyed white girl." Wilkerson concedes that because the tennis market is predominantly white, Pony may have valid economic reasons for such decisions, but he also says that companies could "push" black players effectively if they tried. Pony officials say tight budgets, not race, caused them to cut their ties to Garrison. The company is spending its money on a Golden Girl concept featuring a white player, bodysuit-clad Anne White, who is ranked No. 46 in the world.
Ellen Malone takes a 5.2-mile jog each day near her home in Whiting, Vt. For the last 16 months, however, she has been chased, butted and generally harassed on her runs by a wildly playful two-year-old doe named Bonkers. "I don't think she knows she's a deer," says Malone, whose complaints about the overly fawning doe have brought her a flood of hate mail from local animal lovers. "I think she's bonded to me."
Bonkers was found abandoned in the woods shortly after birth and raised by a family in neighboring Shoreham, Vt. She now lives on the farm of Shoreham game warden Densmore Gaiotti. When Malone appealed to state authorities to have the deer moved to some kind of animal preserve, more than 600 area residents signed petitions in opposition. "The situation has gotten out of control," says Malone. "I just want to run without being bothered. I'm not a deer hater. I really like her."
The obvious solution would be for Malone, 33, to stop running past Gaiotti's farm. But she says any other route would be less convenient, more heavily trafficked and considerably hillier.
"I run anytime from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and she's always there," says Malone. "She doesn't keep regular deer hours." Wildlife officials haven't yet decided how to keep Bonkers from going bonkers at the sight of Malone.
A 3-year-old colt named U.S. Air was flying high after winning a $17,500 purse at Aqueduct against 8-1 odds on April 2. But news of the victory did not sit well with the New York-based Jockey Club, which oversees the naming of thoroughbreds, and bars any name used commercially. Somehow, U.S. Air had slipped past. Ordered to come up with a new name, the horse's owner, Edward Anchel, rechristened him J.C. (for Jockey Club) Recall. The colt was unfazed. Starting again at Aqueduct the other day, J.C. Recall came from dead last to win a $25,000 claimer at 8-1 odds.