Bateman Boys

I read about last February’s passing of Charlie Sifford, the first black champion on the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) tour, and April’s passing of 12-time PGA champion black golfer Calvin Peete. When I did I immediately thought about Lucius Bateman, the Bay Area black golf professional who had coached so many outstanding players. Bateman passed away in 1975, but not before leaving a tremendous impression on the local golf scene, including here in Alameda.