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Published October 23, 1997
In N.Y., Op-Ed columnist Sidney Zion writes in response to a column by Harvey Araton of the N.Y. Times on Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner's relationship with the Hispanic community. Zion writes the facts show that the Yankees have the third most Hispanic players in MLB. Zion: "How could Araton miss this? ... Say what you will about George Steinbrenner, you simply can't label him a racist" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/23)....Hoping to "refocus fans on the ... Hornets -- and away from owner George Shinn's troubles," a group of Charlotte businesses are putting on an open-to-the- public "pep rally" where fans can lunch with the team and hear coach Dave Cowens speak at the Charlotte Coliseum. Charlotte Chamber President Caroll Gray: "[W]e want to make sure the team doesn't get confused with the other P.R. problem they have" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/23)....Only 1,009 attended the ABL Xplosion-StingRays game in Long Beach, CA last night (Earl Gustkey, L.A. TIMES, 10/23).