Sport: Racism At Bat

No monument for Jackie

In a television show last week meant to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the breaking of baseball's color line, an honored executive with Jackie Robinson's old team unwittingly let the country look inside him, and inside the game, to see plainly that the line still exists. Los Angeles Dodgers Vice President Al Campanis, 70, a former minor-league shortstop when Robinson was a second baseman in Montreal, was questioned by ABC Nightline Anchor Ted Koppel about the utter absence of black managers and general managers and the uniform dearth of black executives in what is billed as the great American pastime. Campanis...

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