Augusta's Green Jack
If Tommy Lasorda bleeds Dodger blue, Jack Stephens surely has Masters green in his veins. Stephens, 74, who retired last week after seven years as chairman of Augusta National, was a straight shooter who once told a reporter, "I can't answer that on account of I don't know." Headlines from the Stephens era:
Five-Ring Circus—In 1992 he helps trigger an Olympic fiasco by okaying a plan to bring Olympic golf to Augusta National as part of the '96 Summer Games in Atlanta. The move backfires, derailing efforts to make golf an Olympic sport.
Blasphemy—In 1994 CBS announcer Gary McCord gets the ax for joking about bikini-waxed greens and body bags.
Tasteless—In 1997 soul-food critic Fuzzy Zoeller makes like a Premium Saltine.
You Wanted Relief—At the '98 Masters, Amen Corner becomes home to the game's first million-dollar bathrooms.
Puffy—Also this year, Stephens defines club policy on smoking by holding up his own cigs. "It won't be nonsmoking," he says.
Jack's Plaque—A day later the club contributes to plaque buildup by affixing the Golden Bear's mug to a water fountain.
No Blowfish—In the end Stephens hands the reins of proud, sedate Augusta National to William W. (Hootie) Johnson.