Charlie Sifford

Sport (Years Played): Golf (1948-1980)
Considering the sideways (and not so sideways) racist bullshit black golfers have to put up with today, one can only imagine what early pioneers like Charlie Sifford went through. Early in his golf career, Sifford could compete solely in tournaments organized by his fellow black golfers, but he wanted more. He attempted to qualify for the 1952 Phoenix Open by using an invitation he received from boxer Joe Louis. While there, Sifford received death threats. He continued to play, and joined the PGA Tour in 1961. He went on to play in 422 tournaments, with 51 top 10 finishes, including wins at the 1967 Greater Hartford Open and the 1969 Los Angeles Open.