All this week, The Times is looking back at 1968 — a year that blurred the line between sports and the real world, with athletes swept up by Vietnam War protests, political tumult and racial tensions.
Sports served as a platform, a chance to be seen and heard by thousands in the stands and millions watching at home. The athletes might not have known it, but they were setting a precedent for today’s generation of activist players.
Not that all the benchmarks from 1968 were political or social. Half a century later, sports is still feeling reverberations from that year.