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Special Assistant to the American League President DICK BUTLER announced his retirement yesterday (MLB). LARRY DOBY, Butler's replacement, is profiled by the N.Y. TIMES' Dave Anderson. AL President Gene Budig on Doby, the first black to play in the American League and a key in MLBP's Negro League Licensing campaign: "Larry Doby is a historic figure, a treasure who deserves to be remembered. This appointment will call attention to his contributions" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/20)...."Wide World of Sports" host JULIE MORAN will leave the show in mid-June to become backup anchor of "Entertainment Tonight" (Mult., 4/20)....Despite "derogatory comments he wrote about the team in an internal newsletter two weeks ago," Nets President JON SPOELSTRA said yesterday he is "neither attempting to supplant GM WILLIS REED nor assume any power over personal matters" (N.Y. POST, 4/20). ATTENTION, FUTURE INDUSTRIALISTS: BOSTON GARDEN TOURS is looking for "dynamic, committed and motivated individuals" to be Tour Guides and Tour Center Supervisors. Anyone interested should contact Boston Garden Tours, 150 Causeway Street, Boston, MA (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/20).
Legislation to crack down on "unscrupulous" sports agents cleared a FL Senate panel. Under the bill, athlete agents would be required to pass an examination before the state licenses them to do business (MIAMI HERALD, 4/20).... 49ers Owner EDDIE DEBARTOLO, JR. was involved in an auto accident last night. He was stable condition after being treated for a broken clavicle, bruised sternum, and other contusions (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 4/20).....MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, WTA Tour Players Association President, is profiled in this morning's USA TODAY. On not having a title sponsor for the WTA Tour: "We have a good product and it can only go up. But our life would be OK without a major sponsor. We can get the money. ... I can't boost the game back. The game has to boost itself back with the players and rivalries" (Doug Smith, USA TODAY, 4/20)....Injured Blackhawk JEREMY ROENICK is featured in the May issue of CHICAGO magazine as "The Man Who Would Be Michael." Roenick says "I would love to be as big as MICHAEL JORDAN." CHICAGO writer Dean Spiros: "Roenick has a goal, he wants to be a supercelebrity." Hawks broadcaster PAT FOLEY: "Most people who could be that big don't want to be that big. But it's something Jeremy wants and something he can handle" (CHICAGO magazine, 5/95 issue).