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Friday Flashbacks: The Masters Goes Commercial-less in the Face of Protests

Eight years ago, the names Martha Burk and Hootie Johnson were all over the news, as Burk tried to pressure the club into allowing a female member, and Hootie responded by putting the tournament on commercial free without corporate sponsorship. CBS planned to stick by their partner at the Masters and not discuss the protests, drawing some criticism.

Here’s the rest of your flashbacks for the week of April 1 to April 7. I assure you, all these stories are real.

The sports world postpones games over the weekend in the aftermath of Martin Luther King’s assassination (1968) . . . NCAA’s decision to go forward with the Indiana-North Carolina championship game within hours of President Reagan being shot is controversial (1981) . . . Serie A matches cancelled to honor the death of Pope John Paul II (2005) . . . Knute Rockne dies in airplane crash (1931) . . . In a brawl-filled playoff game, the Boston Celtics’ Sam Jones wields a stool against Wilt Chamberlain, pic inside (1962) . . . Muhammad Ali fights 12 rounds against Ken Norton with a broken jaw (1973) . . .

Baseball opening day, Vietnam POW Daniel Pitler throws out first pitch in Washington in place of President Nixon (1971) . . . Mark McGwire hits a grand slam off Ramon Martinez on opening day (I was in that sellout crowd) (1998) . . . Ted Williams gets back in the news by blasting a former Senator and the Marine Corp (1957) . . . The umpires are on strike to start the 1979 baseball season . . . Congress passes law establishing daylight savings time across nation (1966) . . .  Congress considers gambling ban on college sports (2000) . . . NCAA bans live televising of sporting events (1951) . . . “Packers win Reggie White Sweepstakes” (1993) . . .

He won it on the dunk (1983) . . . Brent Musberger fired by CBS the day before calling the championship game (1990) . . . Coaching Rumors: Valvano to UCLA (1988) . . . Chris Patton becomes the second Maryland basketball player to die of a heart attack in a two month period (1976) . . . The NCAA adopts the 45-second shot clock after Villanova’s upset of Georgetown (1985) . . . Frank Filchock and Merle Hapes suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Bert Bell for role in game fixing (1947) . . . Harvey Penick, author of the Little Red Book, passes away (1995) . . . Paul Coffey breaks Bobby Orr’s goal scoring record for defensemen (1986) . . . “White Men Can’t Jump” tops the box office charts in its opening week (1992).

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