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  •  Sam Snead was great, as a golfer & storyteller. (7+ / 0-)
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    In the 60s, it seems to me, only the biggest tournaments had a total purse of a million bucks, now that is routine money for the winner alone. The pros of that era did seem to have a hell of a lot more fun than today's multi millionaire.

    Who cares what banks may fail in Yonkers. Long as you've got a kiss that conquers.

    by rasbobbo on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:25:22 PM PST

    •  Sam was loved by many golfers. (4+ / 0-)
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      I was playing at a tournament in Hamilton, Texas many years ago. The course had sand greens. I went into the men's locker room and there on the wall was a framed sports page. The huge headline read: "Snead skies to 64!"

      The story was that Snead was playing in a PGA tournament and shot 62-64 in the first two rounds, hence the headline. I don't know who posted it. The pro said it was there when he came on board. No one knew anything about it other than it was real.

      A few years later the clubhouse burned and the newspaper clipping was lost. And after that, the club replaced the sand greens with grass. Time marches on...

      Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

      by hestal on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:32:32 PM PST

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    •  For winning three majors in 1953, Hogan (3+ / 0-)
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      took home $10,400 total (about $90,000 in 2012 dollars).

      And that's gross, before transportation, lodging, food, caddie's fee, etc.

      Most pros back then had to have something on the side -- Hogan wrote the book and started his own golf club company, for example.

      A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

      by devtob on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 08:33:46 PM PST

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