The world was introduced to Tiger when he famously appeared on "The Mike Douglas Show" on Oct. 6, 1978, to show off his golf skills.
He was 2 years old.
On the program, legendary entertainer Bob Hope challenged Tiger to a putting contest. Woods missed three shots before moving the ball next to the cup and tapping it in, eliciting howls from Hope, Douglas and actor Jimmy Stewart. Tiger then told Douglas the green was uneven and had a large break in it.
It wasn't his television debut, however. Months earlier, Woods was featured on a Los Angeles news broadcast with sportscaster Jim Hill, who ended the segment by saying, "This young man is going to be to golf what Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert are to tennis."
At age 5, Tiger was profiled on the ABC show "That's Incredible!" by former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton. Tiger punctuated the segment with a bold prediction, saying, "When I'm gonna be 20, I'm gonna beat Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson."
Woods also appeared in the November 1981 issue of Golf Digest, in which he was described as "5 years old, about as tall as a ball washer and weighs 44 pounds."