Sport: Color Line

¶ In California, three Negro professional golfers were barred from the $10,000 Richmond "open" golf tournament. The local club was willing to let them play, but the all-powerful Professional Golfers' Association, which all the leading pros belong to, has a "Caucasian clause." The three excluded golfers—Ted Rhodes (who taught Joe Louis how to play), Bill Spiller and Madison Gunter—thereupon sued the P.G.A. and the club for $315,000.

¶ In Oklahoma, a Negro athlete competed against whites, reportedly for the first time in the state's history. He was 6 ft. 6 in. Don Barksdale, an All-America basketball player last year at U.C.L.A....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!