When the Game Springs Forward

As Tiger goes for his fifth Masters, remembering the rites of passage for black athletes.

“If I had one wish in the world today, it would be that Jackie Robinson could be here to see this happen,” Robinson said at his opening day press conference in 1974 on being the first black manager.

Robinson says old milestones like his are still important. “We knew we were a part of an era that was going to create a legacy, not just for baseball, but for sports as a whole.” 

No doubt, this era’s groundbreakers, like Woods and the Williams sisters, are focused on their legacy, too. “It’s definitely a historic time when you think about it,” said Richard Williams, the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams. “What Tiger, Venus and Serena have done is show the world that we can do whatever we want to.”

Tiger Woods may or may not win his fifth green jacket on Sunday. What we know for sure is that something will happen, something will change. It’s spring, after all.