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

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Willie Turnesa

Willie Turnesa (Golf.  Born, Elmsford, NY, Jan. 29, 1914; died, Sleepy Hollow, NY, June 16, 2001.)  An outstanding golfer from a family of outstanding golfers, William Peter Turnesa had six older brothers who played the game professionally.  He was the only one who never turned pro, but “Willie the Wedge” was an outstanding amateur before […]

Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones (Golf.  Born, Atlanta, GA, Mar. 17, 1902; died, Atlanta, GA, Dec. 18, 1971.)  Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., was the golf equivalent of Babe Ruth, Bill Tilden and Jack Dempsey during America’s “Golden Age of Sports” in the 1920s and 1930s.  Bobby Jones was also the first man ever to win golf s “Grand […]

Claude Harmon

Claude Harmon (Golf.  Born, Savannah, GA, July 14, 1916; died, Houston, TX, July 19, 1989.)  The long-time pro at Winged Foot, Claude Harmon was a teaching pro for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, and Ford during his long career.  Harmon was, in his earlier years, a tournament pro as well, winning the Westchester Open twice (1946-47) […]

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