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BLACK ON WHITE
One of the more cheerful stories in sport the last few years has been the reverse integration going on in parts of the South. White athletes were playing football (and other sports) at hitherto all-black colleges. Now one of the sadder stories in sport is coming out of at least one of those schools, athletically renowned Florida A&M in Tallahassee, Fla. Reverse integration apparently can bring on reverse bigotry. Joe Jewett, a white placekicker from Miami, has quit A&M because of the harassment he was subjected to by a small but vociferous element of the largely black student body. The harassment—in the campus cafeteria, in the dormitory, between classes—included name-calling, insults and threats. "You can take only so much of that," says Jewett. "I finally left.
"My relationship with the team was one of the best I ever ran into. I got along with the coaches real well, and the players were just great to me. I used to talk over my problems with a player they called Blue Pete. I never did learn his last name, but he would always ask how I was doing in class. But I never let him or the other players know about the difficulties I was having because I didn't want to bring any trouble on them. They're a great bunch of guys."
Jewett had a black roommate. "His name is Henry Lawrence. He's real nice and we got along fine. He agreed that what I was going through was bad and that he wouldn't have taken it, either."
A man named Peter Shurr has come up with an idle-hour pastime that may keep sports fans wide awake to all watches of the night trying to come up with variations. This is a name game, and it involves working out a two-for-two player trade. At least one of the four must be a baseball player, but the other three can come from any other sport. Ready now? Boog Powell and Bailey Howell for Woodie Fryman and Jack Twyman. Tony Taylor and Elgin Baylor for Tony Perez and Jos� Sanchez. Larry Hinson and Vada Pinson for Tom Seaver and Earl Weaver. Gaylord Perry and Don Cherry for Billy Haughton and Jim Bouton. A particular favorite of Shurr's is Dave May and Laffit Pincay for Coco Laboy and Mike McCoy.
People around racetracks—both thoroughbred and standardbred—are becoming more and more disturbed by the increasing instances of horses being doped with tranquilizers. Since a story appeared on the subject in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED on Oct. 12, three more cases have been reported. Four sluggish horses had to be scratched from an eight-horse field at Canada's Greenwood track and three from an eight-horse field at Roosevelt Raceway in New York (which was made a nonbetting race), while at Hazel Park in Michigan a race had to be canceled outright. The drugged horses all had the same symptoms, and several had obvious needlemarks where injections had been made. Track officials were at a loss to explain how anyone could combine an accurate knowledge of where horses entered in a certain race were stabled with an ability to approach the horses and inject the drug or drop it in their feed without being detected.
Uneasy suspicions are curling around the stable areas at many tracks. Worst of all is the feeling that the discovered druggings may be only the top of the iceberg—instances where the dosage of the tranquilizer was too great and therefore detectable before the race. How many races, people are asking, have been fixed successfully? No one knows, but two facts are evident: someone has drugged horses, and no one has been caught.