American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf

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American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf

Format:  Hardcover,

378 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Mar 2012

ISBN-13: 9780307272492

ISBN-10: 0307272494

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In this celebration of three legendary champions on the centennial of their births in 1912, one of the most accomplished and successful writers about the game explains the circumstances that made each of them so singularly brilliant and how they, in turn, saved not only the professional tour but modern golf itself, thus making possible the subsequent popularity of players from Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods.
During the Depression--after the exploits of Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones (winning the Grand Slam as an amateur in 1930) had faded in the public's imagination--golf's popularity fell year after year, and as a spectator sport it was on the verge of extinction. This was the unhappy prospect facing two dirt-poor boys from Texas and another from Virginia who had dedicated themselves to the game yet could look forward only to eking out a subsistence living along with millions of other Americans. But then lightning struck, and from the late thirties into the fifties these three men were so thoroughly dominant--each setting a host of records--that they transformed both how the game was played and how society regarded it.
Sports fans in general are well aware of Hogan and Nelson and Snead, but even the most devoted golfers will learn a great many new things about them here. Their hundredth birthdays will be commemorated throughout 2012--Nelson born in February, Snead in May, and Hogan in August--but as this comprehensive and compelling account vividly demonstrates, they were, and will always remain, a triumvirate for the ages.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Mar 2012
ISBN-13: 9780307272492
ISBN-10: 0307272494
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 378
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.75 x 9.75 x 1.5
Walmart No.: 9780307272492

Chapter outline

Prologue: Ode To Billy Joep. 3
Year of Wondersp. 21
The Power of Threep. 33
The Golden Agep. 50
The Christmas Matchp. 71
The University of Golfp. 91
Sam Versus the Worldp. 113
Breakthrough and Heartbreakp. 132
Redemptionp. 153
The War Withinp. 174
MR. Golfp. 195
An Unexpected Openp. 222
Then There Were Twop. 243
Hollywood Comebackp. 265
Immortalityp. 319
Last Hurrahsp. 319
Epilogue: Endings and Beginningsp. 344
Acknowledgmentsp. 367
Bibliographyp. 371

Book description

With compelling detail and pure passion, James Dodson recounts the singular brilliance of three golf titans and how they saved the professional tour and created the game as we know it today.

During the Depression golf was in crisis. As a spectator sport it was on the verge of extinction. This was the unhappy prospect facing Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan –two dirt-poor boys from Texas and another from Virginia, who had dedicated themselves to the sport. But then lightning struck, and from the late thirties into the fifties these three men were so thoroughly dominant that they transformed both how the game was played and how society regarded it. Paving the way for the subsequent popularity of players from Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods, they were, and will always remain, a triumvirate for the ages.

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