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About Vintage Sportswear

We are a company with Midwest convictions, East coast traditions, and a South Beach location. Based in Miami Florida, Vintage Sportswear was founded in 2004. We are a company that has respect for the past, and a vision for the future.

Our Concept:

The Vintage Sportswear, Inc. concept was created to bring awareness to the little known accomplishments of yesteryear's African-American athletes. Vintage Sportswear Apparel is based on fact, courage, and perseverance. From the 1800's to the present the African-American athlete has been a vital part of the history of the world of sports.

Vintage Sportswear Apparel brings old school values to present date living with style and a touch of class.

The PGA Caucasian Only Clause

The Caucasian-Only clause was written into the organization's constitution in 1943. The amendment read: "Professional golfers of the Caucasian race, over the age of eighteen years, residing in North or South America, and who have served at least five years in the profession (either in the capacity of a professional or in the employ of a professional as his assistant) shall be eligible for membership.

Before the Caucasian-only clause was rescinded, one black professional did become a member of the association. But his inclusion came by accident, and when the mistake was discovered he was summarily removed from the role.

    John Shippen
  • 1896 - John Shippen was the first African-American to play in the U.S. Open. He finished in fifth place.
  • 1899 - Dr. Gregory Franklin Grant receives the U.S. patent No. 638,920 for the tapered golf tee.
The Neckbone Circuit
  • 1925 - The United States Colored Golfers Association (USCGA) was established by black golfers, due to racial discrimination prohibiting blacks from playing at segregated courses and tournaments.
  • 1926 - The Neckbone Circuit was the name used to describe the touring of tournaments of the USCGA.
  • 1956 - Ann Gregory becomes the first African-American woman to play in the national championship conducted by the United States Colored Golf Association.
  • 1959 - Bill Wright becomes the first African-American golfer to win a national championship by winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
  • Charlie Sifford
  • 1961 - Charlie Sifford becomes the first African-American golfer to play in a PGA tournament in the South at the Greater Greensboro Open after the "Caucasian only" clause was stricken from the PGA constitution.
  • 1967 - Charlie Sifford becomes the first African-American to win a PGA tour event by winning the Greater Hartford Open.
  • 1975 - Lee Elder becomes the first African-American golfer to play in the Masters.
  • 1997 - Tiger Woods becomes the first African-American Masters Champion.