Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont [NOOK Book]

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Now in paperback-the unforgettable story of the 1973 U.S. Open and the unknown young golfer who astonished the world.

In 1973, a Who's Who of golf greats gathered at Oakmont Country Club for the U.S. Open. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were among those favored to win. Instead, 26-year-old Johnny Miller edged out the legends and crafted a record-setting 63 to win by a ...
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Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont

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Overview

Now in paperback-the unforgettable story of the 1973 U.S. Open and the unknown young golfer who astonished the world.

In 1973, a Who's Who of golf greats gathered at Oakmont Country Club for the U.S. Open. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were among those favored to win. Instead, 26-year-old Johnny Miller edged out the legends and crafted a record-setting 63 to win by a single stroke.

With fascinating profiles of Miller, Palmer, Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf, and John Schlee, Chasing Greatness beautifully captures one of the unlikeliest victories and most dramatic sports triumphs of the past half century.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101187081
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 480,752
  • File size: 635 KB

Meet the Author

Adam Lazarus

Adam Lazarus is a freelance sports journalist.
Steve Schlossman is a professor of American social and cultural history at Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches a course on the history of golf.

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Table of Contents

Prologue. Talkin' Oakmont 1

Day 1 June 14, 1973

1 The King Never Left 11

2 The Big Three Reborn 29

3 A View from the Parking Lot 47

4 Carnage 73

Day 2 June 15, 1973

5 The Prince and the King 89

6 A Watered-down Open 108

Day 3 June 16, 1973

7 "He's Longer Than Nicklaus.... Go Watch This Boy." 139

8 A Day for All Ages 168

9 Joe Feast vs. Joe Famine 187

10 Chasing a Living, Chasing Trouble 201

Day 4 June 17, 1973

11 The Mad Scramble 233

12 The Greatest Nine Ever 260

13 Chasing Greatness 273

Chasing Greatness, Twenty Years Later

14 Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Lee Trevino 297

15 Tom Weiskopf 311

16 John Schlee 324

17 Johnny Miller 337

Appendix I Johnny Miller's 63: The Greatest Round Ever? A Historical and Statistical Perspective 353

Appendix II Interviews Conducted for Chasing Greatness 363

Acknowledgments 365

Endnotes 369

Index 413

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    Outstanding Read

    Chasing Greatness is a great book that weaves the profiles of several of the most famous golfers in history into a fascinating narrative of the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont.

    For better or worse, I am a fan of the show Lost. In a similar vein as Lost, Chasing Greatness begins at the 1973 U.S. Open, describing the lead-up to the event and flashes back to past events and stories each of the major characters. These "flashbacks" help to illuminate the personalities, career paths, and individual quirks of all the major players, and enable the reader to build a relationship with every character and even to choose sides as the drama continues to build throughout the book.

    Chasing Greatness is also better researched than the vast majority of sports books. Kudos to this tandem of authors who found a way to apply the best of their academic traits into a story that is a remarkably accessible, engaging, and thought-provoking read for both the seasoned golfer and the casual observer.

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