NO. R-98. JOINT RESOLUTION CELEBRATING THE REMARKABLE LIVES OF JACKIE ROBINSON AND TIGER WOODS.
( J.R.H. 69)
Offered by: Representatives Howrigan of Fairfield, Alberico of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Blanchard of Essex, Brooks of Montpelier, Cillo of Hardwick, Flaherty of South Burlington, Fox of Essex, Fyfe of Newport City, Gretkowski of Burlington, Metzger of Milton, Morrissey of Bennington, Parizo of Essex, Seibert of Norwich, Starr of Troy, Sullivan of Burlington, Vinton of Colchester, Waite of Pawlet and Westman of Cambridge.
Whereas, for far too many decades, the professional sporting opportunities open to African-American athletes were almost exclusively limited to race based leagues and tournaments, and
Whereas, significant step towards integrating American professional athletic competition occurred on April 15, 1947, when Jackie Robinson stepped to the plate as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers and began his triumphant march into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and
Whereas, despite his baseball prowess, Jackie Robinson was forced to endure repeated humiliation and discrimination on account of his race, and
Whereas, his courage and fortitude earned him the respect and admiration of millions of Americans, and
Whereas, while major league baseball began the process of racial integration in 1947, the Professional Golfers Association Tour remained largely bereft of African-American golfers for much of the past half century, and
Whereas, an amazing and gallant 21-year old African-American golfer named Tiger Woods enthralled the nation on Sunday, April 13, 1997, by capturing the Masters Tournament championship in Augusta, Georgia, and
Whereas, in accomplishing this feat, he became this prestigious tournaments youngest victor and captured the title with the largest margin of victory and lowest number of strokes in its history, and
Whereas, Tiger Woods victory on a course, and in a tournament that was amongst the most avowedly segregationist on the PGA Tour, serves as a magnificent commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinsons breaking of major league baseballs racialbarrier, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the Vermont General Assembly is pleased to join in the national celebration of the stunning victory of Tiger Woods on the golf links that occurred nearly 50 years to the day of Jackie Robinsons first at bat at Ebbetts Field, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jackie Robinsons widow, Rachel Robinson and to Tiger Woods.