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  Notable Swings


Bob Hope


Katharine Hepburn


Carl Spackler


Fred Alstair


Charles Barkley


What about Sammy Byrd?




  Bob Hope

"Golf's a hard game to figure. One day you slice it, shank it, hit into all the traps and miss every green. And then the next day, you go out and for no reason at all you really stink."

--Bob Hope




  Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn holds the all-time record for most Oscars won by an actor (4) and the second-most nominations (12), her 52-film/33-play career spanned seven decades.
She would often come to interviews dressed in men's suits, saying that it was comfortable.
Without meaning to, she made a fashion statement, and women who admired her started wearing trousers, which wasn't encouraged at the time.



Hepburn's father insisted the girls do swimming, riding, golf and tennis. Hepburn, eager to please her father, won a bronze medal for figure skating from the Madison Square Garden skating club, shot golf in the low eighties and reached the semifinal of the Connecticut Young Women's Golf Championship. Hepburn especially enjoyed swimming, and regularly took dips in the frigid waters that fronted her bayfront Connecticut home, generally believing that "the bitterer the medicine, the better it was for you."

She continued her brisk swims well into her 80s. Hepburn would come to be recognized for her athletic physicality—she fearlessly performed her own pratfalls in films such as Bringing Up Baby (1938), which is now held up as an exemplar of screwball comedy.



LPGA Tour player Babe Didrickson, left, helps Katharine Hepburn with her short game.

Howard Hughes went to great lengths to meet and impress Katharine Hepburn. According to published reports, Howard Hughes once landed his airplane on one of Bel-Air Country Club's fairways to impress Kate, who lived off the 14th fairway. Hepburn was taking lessons from one of the pros at the time. Hughes emerged from the aircraft with his clubs and joined the twosome. Club executives were so furious that Hughes resigned his membership the following day and never returned to the club.


March 16, 1941


  Carl Spackler (aka Bill Murray)

If you own a golf course, and have a gopher problem, DON’T hire Carl to take care of the problem.He tends to get golfers and gophers mixed up.

( say it like a Scotsman would..gol-fer)

Although, on second thought, ….that might be fun to watch…..


If you own a golf course, and have a gopher problem, DON’T hire Carl to take care of the problem.He tends to get golfers and gophers mixed up.

( say it like a Scotsman would..gol-fer)

Although, on second thought, ….that might be fun to watch…..

Carl was the industry's standard crazy assistant greens keeper, at Bushwood Country Club. aka…(Bill Murray in Caddyshack – the movie. here swinging a rake while teeing off at the Masters, his mind's Masters tournament)

The comedian Bill Murray actually plays a pretty good game. Loves golf, and plays a lot. All over the world.

When I was playing in Ireland with group of members from the Old Ranch Country Club, I came into the clubhouse after the round and who do you think is sitting among the ladies in the group? None other than Carl Spackler….uh Bill Murray.

He was in Ireland and, of course having a good time.



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  Charles Barkley

Not sure I have ever seen a swing start down,go back with arms and hands, then swing forward...sort of...

Kind of fun to watch.



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If Charles could find a way to keep this head steady, he could develop a ..... swing?


Believe it or not?


  What about Sammy Byrd ?

In 1936, Sammy Byrd quit professional baseball to pursue a career in professional golf. He won six events on the PGA Tour between 1942 and 1946 including the 1944 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational, shooting a 285 (-3). He lost in the final of the 1945 PGA Championship to Byron Nelson, 4&3, in match play. So far, he's the only person to collect a World Series championship ring and finish as high as second in a PGA major.


Sammy Byrd was born in Bremen, Georgia but grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He played Major League Baseball from 1929 to 1936 for the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds. Byrd's nickname was "Babe Ruth's Legs", a reference to the fact that he often would appear as a pinch runner at the end of games toward the latter part of Ruth's career. He was also Babe Ruth's roommate.


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I like the swing, so natural, so “baseball like”, so good. I would have loved to see live.
--B.Silver

He is also the only person to have played in a World Series and competed in golf's Masters Tournament. He made one appearance in the 1932 World Series (game 4) while playing for the New York Yankees - as a defensive replacement for Babe Ruth - in the bottom of the 9th inning. He finished twice in the top 10 at the Masters: third in 1941 and fourth in 1942.

When Ruth left the Yankees in 1935, so did Byrd when on December 19, 1934, he was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds. Despite being famous for filling in for Babe Ruth in the field and as a pinch runner, Byrd had some decent seasons with the bat. In his rookie campaign in 1929, Byrd batted .312 in 170 AB and in 1932, he batted .297 with 8 HR in 209 AB. In 1935, finally getting a shot to play full-time, he smacked a career high 25 doubles, 9 HR, 52 RBI and scored 51 runs while batting .262. Over his career, he hit .274.


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He won SIX events on the PGA Tour between 1942 and 1946. He lost the final of the 1945 PGA Championship to Byron Nelson, 4&3, in Match Play. (Byron in match shown left),


In those days, when playing the Match Play format, your opponent’s ball could be left in the way. Who you were playing had control over where their ball could lie, whether in the way or not !

There was an incident that affected Sammy’s playing. "That crash ruined my ball career. The lighting was poor (in Crosley Field on May 24, 1935) so I couldn't see the wall, but one of the other fielders yelled that I had plenty of room so I went for the ball, hit the wall, hurt my knee and knocked myself out. My knee was never right after that night." - Sammy Byrd in First Night Game Played in Majors.

He died in Mesa, Arizona in 1981 at the age of 74.





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