New-York Historical Society's Bill Shannon Dictionary of New York Sports

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Gene Sarazen

Gene Sarazen (Golf.  Born, Harrison, NY, Feb. 27, 1902; died, Naples, FL, May 13, 1999.)  One of the true legends of golf, Eugene Sarazen first hit the scene when, at the age of 20 years and four months, he won the 1922 U.S. Open.  He also captured the P.G.A. title in 1922 and 1923, but then […]

Walter Hagen

Walter Hagen (Golf.  Born, Rochester, NY, Dec. 21, 1892; died, Traverse City, MI, Oct. 5, 1969.)  A flamboyant personality and skilled player, Walter Hagen was the best-known U.S. golfer of the 1920s and had a large role in popularizing the game.  Hagen won 40 pro tournaments, including 17 majors, before he retired from regular competition […]

Wiffy Cox

Wiffy Cox (Golf.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 27, 1897; died, Washington, DC, Feb. 20, 1969.)  Tied with Walter Hagen as a runner-up in the 1934 Metropolitan Open, Wilfred Hiram Cox was also a long-time pro at Dyker Beach.  Cox was a fireman aboard the battleship U.S.S. Nevada during World War I but was then drawn to […]

Billy Casper

Billy Casper (Golf.  Born, San Diego, CA, June 24, 1931.)  A 28-year-old Billy Casper burst onto the national golf scene with a one-stroke victory in the U.S. Open over the West Course of the Winged Foot Golf Club in 1959.  Casper battled through the final round on a chilly June day with a 4-over-par 74, […]

Frank Beard

Frank Beard (Golf.  Born, Dallas, TX, May 1, 1939.)  Although he shot successive 67s for the final two rounds, Frank Beard didn’t seem to have much of a chance to win the $50,000 first prize in the 1969 Westchester Classic.  In a field that included all the legends (Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee […]

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