THE LION AND THE TIGER

A GOLFER TEACHES US A LESSON WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED 50 YEARS AGO FROM A BASEBALL PLAYER

At the end of ESPN's telecast of the game in new York's Shea Stadium commemorating the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's major league debut, former Mets third baseman Ed Charles read a poem he had written upon Robinson 's death in 1972. The final stanza went: "So go now, and rest for a while/ For again you shall come, a spirit aflame/ In the form of another black child/ That God and destiny shall name."

At that, millions of minds must have leaped 1,000 miles south and two days backward, to where and when Tiger Woods strode up the 18th fairway...

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