IN REMEMBRANCE: 2-8-2015

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BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS

CHARLIE SIFFORD, WHO SHATTERED A BARRIER OF RACE IN GOLF

Sifford at the Los Angeles Open in 1969.Credit Associated Press

The son of a factory worker, he had caddied as a youngster at his whites-only hometown country club in Charlotte, N.C. — earning 60 cents a day and giving 50 to his mother — and at age 13 he sometimes broke par when caddies were allowed to play the course on Mondays. By his mid-20s he was a top-flight player.

When he met Jackie Robinson in 1947, soon after Robinson broke the modern Major League Baseball color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Sifford told him of his dream. Robinson replied that he could not be a…

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